“The current design includes sidewalks on the west side, bike lanes, two 11-foot travel lanes, and a center turn lane or raised median island where needed. A traffic signal is also included for the intersection at NE 28th Place/223 Avenue NE,” the City writes.
A contract for the design of the controversial Sahalee Way road improvement project is up for a vote at Tuesday’s Sammamish City Council meeting.
Whether approved or rejected, the vote appears it will be a 4-3 split along the usual lines, with Mayor Don Gerend being the swing vote.
The project calls for a sidewalk along one side, bike lanes, a turning lane and additional stop lights between NE 25th and the Sammamish City Limits.
It does not extend to SR202, which is one mile beyond the City Limits. This means no improvements to Sahalee in this section, and this is one reason why three members of the City Council oppose the current plans.
Christie Malchow, who is on the Council’s Transportation Committee, Tom Hornish and Ramiro Valderrama question the $16.5m cost for a project that (1) doesn’t go to Sahalee Way and (2) doesn’t add to road capacity in real terms to solve congestion problems along the corridor.
Members Tom Odell and Bob Keller, who also are on the Transportation Committee, are strong advocates for the project. Odell lives off north Sahalee Way. Keller lives elsewhere in the City, but is lock-step with Odell in pushing for the project.
Members Kathy Huckabay supports the project with Odell and Keller. Gerend expressed support for it in the past as well.
Malchow believes the project should be tabled and considered for prioritization when a citywide transportation planning study is undertaken.
This comes up on the agenda immediately before the Sahalee design contract.
The contract is for $1.575m.
Two open houses are planned to share the design with the public. Design is to be completed by March 2018 with construction to begin later that year.
Staff recommends the three lane option at a cost of more than $12m because a five lane option would cost more than $80m but do nothing to relieve congestion to SR202. The three lane option meets transportation needs only until 2035, the staff says–which is another reason Malchow, Valderrama and Hornish oppose it.
Full details are in the City Council information packet here, beginning on PDF page 123.