Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999

Front Page

King County begins series of road improvements

   In preparation for the replacement of the Novelty Bridge, the King County Road Services Division is set to begin a series of projects in the Duvall area designed to improve traffic flow while the new bridge is under construction.

   Beginning the week of October 3rd, the division will be constructing a right turn pocket at the intersection of West Snoqualmie Valley Road and Woodinville-Duvall Road. The turn pocket and the addition of a new traffic signal will improve traffic flow and make it easier for motorists to make right-hand turns onto Woodinville-Duvall Road.

   As part of this project, a stretch of West Snoqualmie Valley Road between Northeast 124th St. and Woodinville-Duvall Road will be closed from 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 through approximately 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10.

   During the weekend closure, motorists should use Northeast 124th St., SR-203, and Woodinville-Duvall Road as detour routes. This is the only closure planned as part of the intersection work.

   Additional improvements in the coming months will include:

   These improvements will significantly improve traffic flow along routs that will serve as detours during construction of Novelty Bridge.

   The current bridge is reaching the end of its useful life and will be replaced with a new steel tied arch bridge. The $10 million project is scheduled to begin early next spring and is expected to be subsantially complete in mid-October 2000.

   The project will be placed on a fast track to minimize traffic disruptions associated with the closure of Northeast 124th Street.