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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Go Issaquah! Learn How We're Tackling Traffic

It's time to stop swimming upstream. Learn more about Issaquah's comprehensive approach to tackling traffic.

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Posted on: May 24, 2016

Project Update: Front Street Work Starts May 31

Construction to enhance Front Street starts May 31, 2016, and will wrap up before Salmon Days!

While we will do our best to work with residents, businesses, drivers and pedestrians, there will be some disruptions. Please note, businesses will remain open during construction.

Immediate Impacts

The most immediate impact (from Sunset Way to Northwest Dogwood Street) will include:

  • Day work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31-June 3 as the contractor sets up for the project, surveys, performs utility work, and saw-cuts existing concrete. Future day work will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Night work from 10 p.m.-10 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays starting June 6. Roadway closures will be allowed between 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
  • On-street parking will be restricted for the duration of the project.
  • The contractor must provide pedestrian access to adjacent homes and business.
  • The contractor will use the gravel shoulder on Southeast Bush Street, between Front Street and First Avenue Southeast, to stage and store equipment. On-street parking will be restricted.

Future Impacts

We'll keep you updated on the details of future construction impacts throughout the summer. This will include:

  • Four full weekend closures of Front Street will be allowed. These dates have not been scheduled yet.
  • No lane closures will be allowed on a holiday or holiday weekend.
  • No work will be allowed onsite during special events, such as Wine Walk, Fenders on Front Street and the Fourth of July.

Project Benefits

The enhancements to Front Street will include:

  • Widening sidewalks.
  • Installing new flashing pedestrian crossing lights.
  • Fixing stormwater ponding issues.
  • Replacing water service connections.
  • Improving pedestrian street lighting.
  • Installing future Wi-Fi conduit.
  • Upgrading the railroad crossing at Northwest Dogwood Street with new tracks and sidewalks to make it ADA-compliant and better for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Paving Front Street North from Sunset Way to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek. Crews will work with residents and businesses to minimize impacts to driveways.


As part of the project, seven trees, which are at the end of their lifespan, will be removed. This certain type of tree is also damaging sidewalks and causing drainage issues. In some places, the tree removal also allows for the installation of ADA ramps, as well as new siting and alignment for the sidewalk and storm drains.

The trees will be temporarily replaced with large, 3-foot diameter pots filled with plants. In 2015, the Olde Town Vitality Task Force recommended developing a streetscape plan for our downtown. The community will influence the new streetscape plan (with outreach beginning this fall) and determine what types of trees or landscaping will replace the removed trees.

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Posted on: May 26, 2016

Open House: Future Transportation Projects

The Traffic Task Force, a team of volunteers appointed by the mayor in late 2015, recently made recommendations on a potential package of local transportation projects that could go to voters for their consideration.

The City Council now wants to hear ...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Learn More: Issaquah's Water Quality

Issaquah participates in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) unregulated monitoring program by performing additional tests on our drinking water.

During that testing, detections of "perfluorochemicals," or PFCs, were found in the smallest of I...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

Bear Aware: Take Precautions to Prevent Conflicts

Issaquah is bear country.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, spring and summer are bear season. Reports of black bear activity serve as a reminder to take precautions to avoid bear encounters.

Unsecured garbage containers, pet food and birdfeeders can attract hungry bears looking for a meal.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offers tips to prevent conflicts between bears and humans:

  • Never intentionally feed bears or other wild animals.
  • Keep garbage cans in a garage or another secure area until collection day.
  • Remove pet food from areas accessible to wildlife.
  • Take down seed and hummingbird birdfeeders until winter.
  • Clean up fallen fruit.
  • Thoroughly clean barbecue grills after each use.

When camping, keep a clean campsite by thoroughly cleaning all cooking utensils after use and sealing uneaten food in airtight containers stored in bear-proof canisters away from sleeping areas.

If you happen to encounter a bear, WDFW offers tips:

  • Do not run from the animal.
  • Pick up small children.
  • Stand tall, wave your arms above your head and shout.
  • Do not approach the animal and be sure to leave it an escape route.
  • Try to get upwind of the bear so that it can identify you as a human and leave the area.

Two state laws prohibit leaving food or food waste in places where it can attract bears and other wild carnivores. Unintentionally or "negligently" feeding bears can bring a fine of $87, while the fine for intentional feeding can be as much as $1,000.

Conflicts between humans and bears tend to subside by mid-summer, when berries and other natural foods become available, and then pick up again in fall before the animals enter their dens.

Learn more about wildlife safety and living in bear country from WDFW's Living With Wildlife program and the nonprofit organization Western Wildlife Outreach.

Issaquah's waste service provider, Recology CleanScapes, offers the wildlife-resistant carts to customersRead on...

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Celebrate Father's Day at Fenders on Front Street

Fenders on Front Street Vintage Car Show — a Father's Day tradition — returns June 19, 2016.

The free all-day event culminates with a cruise of classic cars. Starting at 3 p.m., car show participants will gather along Front Street North and cruise alo...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Survey: Help Shape Programs for Seniors

Seniors: You're invited to complete a brief survey to let us know the programs and services you want.

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Cheers! Downtown Wine Walk Series Returns

Cheers! You're invited to the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series.

The fifth annual event returns from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month from February to June — Feb. 5, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3, 2016.

Enjoy live music, art happening...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

By clicking “Log In” on the MyDashboard bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyDashboard. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see...Read on...