Road near school to get safety improvements

July 3, 2012

The King County Road Services Division will make safety improvements at two key intersections in King County in the coming months.

The county received federal grant funding to complete the projects located east of Renton and near Auburn.

At the intersection of 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 128th Avenue Street — located north of Liberty High School — the county will restripe the two westbound lanes to provide a left-turn-only lane and a single through lane.

The existing traffic signal will be changed to provide a left-turn signal, and pedestrian access will be improved.

The changes are anticipated to reduce the number and severity of rear-end collisions involving motorists waiting to turn left from Southeast 128th Avenue Street onto 168th Avenue Southeast.

A curve limits the visibility of vehicles stopped in the inside westbound lane. Advance warning signs and flashers east of the intersection will help alert westbound motorists of the changes and the need to merge to the right.

Construction is expected to begin by September and be completed by year end. No full road closures are anticipated to complete the work.

Project signs will be installed on the approaches to the intersection a few weeks prior to the start of construction.

King County seeks feedback for intersection improvements near Liberty High School

June 13, 2012

NEW — 3:05 p.m. June 13, 2012

The King County Road Services Division will make safety improvements at two key intersections in South King County in the coming months. The county received federal grant funding to complete the projects located east of Renton and near Auburn.

At the intersection of 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 128th Avenue Street – located north of Liberty High School – the county will restripe the two westbound lanes to provide a left-turn-only lane and a single through lane. The existing traffic signal will be changed to provide a left-turn signal, and the pedestrian facilities will be improved.

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Snowstorm causes major headaches for King County road crews

January 18, 2012

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012

The snowstorm pummeling the Puget Sound region is causing transportation headaches across King County, officials said Wednesday afternoon as road crews attempted to keep major arteries open to traffic.

Officials said no county road is escaping the impact of the latest winter storm.

County Road Services Division crews reported hazardous driving conditions along and several road closures across the region. The county focused mostly on plowing and sanding along the major roadways throughout the county, such as Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast.

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King County prepares for winter weather

November 15, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011

With La Niña in the long-term forecast and a steady decline in temperatures, the King County Road Services Division is urging motorists to prepare for driving in wintry conditions.

The agency faces a challenge in the months ahead due to budget cuts.

Because wintry conditions can start earlier at higher elevations, county road crews topped off salt and sand stockpiles to be ready. The latest forecast indicates ice and snow could start any day.

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