Construction to cause lane closures, traffic delays

June 17, 2015

NEW — 11:50 a.m. June 17, 2015

Newcastle drivers should be aware of a few upcoming traffic impacts connected to various construction projects.

First, Lakemont Boulevard Southeast will be closed between Forest Drive Southeast and 155th Avenue Southeast starting at 5 a.m. June 20. It will reopen at 5 a.m. June 22 with alternating one-way traffic.

Drivers will be detoured onto Forest Drive Southeast, Coal Creek Parkway or Newcastle Golf Club Road, depending on where they are coming from. View the full detour map here.

While Lakemont Boulevard is not in Newcastle, many residents use it as an alternate way into the city, especially those coming from Issaquah. The closure is necessary to complete a city of Bellevue roadway improvement project. Read more

Newcastle Fruit and Produce almost open for business

March 31, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 31, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is set to open April 4.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is set to open April 4.

It isn’t really spring in Newcastle until a familiar red-and-white tent stands at the corner of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway. Read more

2014 was a year of change for Newcastle

January 2, 2015

In 2014, the city of Newcastle celebrated a birthday, lost an icon and set the stage for the future. Here are some of the top stories of the year, in no particular order:

Newcastle pioneer Milt Swanson passes away

Family, neighbors and community leaders gathered Jan. 25 to honor the life of Milt Swanson, a titan of Newcastle history and a man with an unceasing, warming smile.

The Newcastle pioneer, born and raised in this community, spent all of his 95 years in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead. Read more

Newport Woods community concerned about proposed development

December 4, 2014

Newcastle resident Rick Bell is questioning his commitment to the city of Newcastle for the first time.

The longtime Newport Woods resident is an active community member, who donates much of his free time cleaning up city parks and trails with the Weed Warriors organization. He poured thousands of dollars into remodeling his Newcastle home, rather than buying a new one, because, as he puts it, “We love the people and the quietness of the location.”

But a proposed multifamily, mixed-use development along Newcastle Way, just beside City Hall, has him and his neighbors wondering how much longer the city will remain the quaint Newcastle they fell in love with.

“We’re not against development,” he said. “But we never thought it would be a monster like this.”

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Access routes set to close due to overlay project

September 13, 2013

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

Project is more than 50 percent completed

Three access routes along Coal Creek Parkway will be closed from about 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Sept. 16, and continuing through Sept.18, weather permitting.

Three road barricades will be placed at 135th Avenue Northeast, the primary access to the Milepost community and Newcastle Elementary School, Southeast 79th Place and at Newcastle Golf Club Road.

Barricades will be removed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The city has created a vicinity map showing the closures as A, B and C, and potential access options as 1, 2 and 3. View the map here: Read more

Annual meeting set for Newcastle Trails

January 6, 2012

Newcastle Trails will host a summary of past and planned activities, elect officers as well as hold an open discussion between the group and residents at the group’s annual public meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Fire Station No. 9 on Newcastle Way.

Snacks will be served at 6:30 p.m. Robert Foxworthy, King County Trails coordinator, will be the guest speaker. Members of the Newcastle City Council, city staff and representatives of neighboring cities, agencies and clubs will be introduced.

Handouts at the meeting will include trail guides and maps.

Traffic signal now on at Newcastle Library intersection

December 22, 2011

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22, 2011

After several months of work, the traffic signals located at Newcastle Way and 129th Ave. S.E. are now live, said Public Works Director Mark Rigos.

The mast arms of the traffic signals, which are located near the construction site for the Newcastle Library, went in about two months ago, while other work including ADA accessible ramps, electrical wiring, testing and underground construction began early this summer, Rigos said.

A police officer was stationed at the new signal Dec. 21 to  ensure a smooth transition for motorists and pedestrians, he said.

Large orange construction signs indicating the new change are posted at all four approaches to the device.

‘Do not pass’ sign to be added to Newcastle Way bus stop

September 15, 2011

NEW — 3:20 p.m., Sept. 15, 2011

New “do not pass” street signage will be added within the next two weeks near the bus stop on Newcastle Way near the Coal Creek Parkway intersection in an effort to warn drivers not to pass buses loading and unloading passengers there.

The Newcastle City Council voted Sept. 6 to add the sign after members of the community, the council and the city’s public works department expressed concern about drivers performing the dangerous, illegal lane changes.

The sign will be installed in the landscape strip on the north side of Newcastle Way before the bus stop.

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Cars pileup on Coal Creek Parkway April 25

April 27, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2011

Two drivers were taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center after a five-car wreck at the intersection of Coal Creek Parkway and Newcastle Way just after 7 a.m. April 25.

A woman driving an Acura TSX northbound on Coal Creek Parkway caused a pileup when she struck an Acura MDX from behind. The MDX struck a stopped Honda Civic, which then struck a stopped Toyota Highlander.

However, after triggering the pileup, the TSX continued into the intersection, striking a Chevrolet Blazer traveling eastbound on Newcastle Way.

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City approves signal at 129th, Newcastle Way

February 4, 2011

UPDATED — 10:50 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

The City Council approved the traffic signal to be installed at the corner of 129th Avenue Southeast and Newcastle Way, near what will be the entrance to the Newcastle Library.

The council approved the signal with a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Rich Crispo dissenting and Councilman Sonny Putter absent.

Crispo cited concerns with the overhead rate off the project, which he said was three times higher than is typical in private industry.

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