Issaquah considers curbing truck traffic

Truck traffic in Issaquah has led to a proposal to eliminate some of the city's established truck routes, and move that traffic state route 900 instead.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. – After numerous complaints, the city of Issaquah considers curbing truck traffic that comes off of I-90.

Based on data collected, trucks make up between 23 to 27 percent of traffic volume on streets, according to the city. The proposal suggests removing East Sunset Way and Front Street as truck routes, but that would create a ripple effect with some other truck routes dead ending without providing a route through Issaquah. In order to avoid that, those routes: Sunset Way West, NW Maple, Newport Way NW, and Newport Way SW  would no longer be truck routes.

Tim Bentzen says truck traffic is adding to the transportation mess in Issaquah.

“The noise is annoying for one, but it is a safety concern. These trucks can’t stop. They move very fast. And they are damaging the roads,” said Bentzen.

The alternate route would move trucks from I-90 to Issaquah-Hobart Road by traveling State Route 900 through Issaquah to May Valley Road

The issue is scheduled to be discussed at the September 6 city council meeting.

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