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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 30, 2007

Comments sought on I-90 problems

State and local transportation planners are studying safety and mobility issues on Interstate 90, between Bellevue and North Bend, and drivers will have three opportunities to comment in August.

The state Department of Transportation will conduct outreach:

  • Aug. 4, at Snoqualmie Railroad Days in downtown Snoqualmie;
  • Aug. 11, at the Festival at Mt. Si, Si View Community Center and Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Dr., North Bend; and 
  • Aug. 23, at the Bellevue Farmer’s Market, First Presbyterian Church parking lot, 1717 Bellevue Way, Bellevue.

Workers with the state DOT will staff booths to collect information from residents and drivers about problem areas on I-90. WSDOT has been working with Bellevue and other Eastside cities and regional agencies on the project.

The August meetings build on WSDOT efforts in May, when planners asked motorists to identify trouble spots on I-90. Nearly 100 drivers responded, providing feedback on choke points and merging problems, and expressing concern about growth and congestion in east King County.

Part of a $2 million state corridor study designed to address travel needs over the next 20 years, the work is scheduled for completion in spring 2008. A final project list will be posted online and at community locations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and North Bend.

The WSDOT I-90 Corridor Study website offers more information about the project. You can also contact Michell Mouton from WSDOT at 206-464-1249 or moutonm@wsdot.wa.gov.

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