Northwest NEWS

January 15,2001

Local News

Open house on Novelty Hill Road improvements

The King County Road Services Division will hold an open house from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan 23, at Emily Dickinson School, 7040 208th Ave. NE in Redmond, to gather comments from residents on the scope of environmental issues they think should be considered as part of a study of possible improvements on Northeast Novelty Hill Road.The county is preparing an environmental impact study (EIS) that will look at a variety of alternatives for improving the road from Avondale Road NE to the Redmond Ridge development. The county's EIS will study a range of possible improvements on the busy two-lane roadway. It's estimated that nearly 14,000 vehicles use this important east-west corridor every day - a figure that has grown substantially in recent years, given faster than expected growth in areas such as Snohomish County and Duvall. The road will also serve the Redmond Ridge urban planned development and Trilogy at Redmond Ridge (formerly known as Blakely Ridge).
   During the open house, residents will be asked to identify types of potential environmental issues, such as traffic, noise, air or habitat impacts they think should be explored as the county studies the various alternatives. Written comments should be sent by March 1 to Barbara de Michele, King County Department of Transportation, 201 S. Jackson St., KSC-TR-0824, Seattle, WA 98104.
  
   Residents can also visit the Department of Transportation's Web site at www.metrokc.gov/kcdot/roads/projects/novhill to learn more about the study and share their comments.
   The county plans to complete the study and issue a draft EIS containing a preferred alternative early next year. A final EIS is expected to be complete by mid-2002. If improvements are made, construction would likely start in 2006 with project funding made possible through the sale of up to $43 million in bonds making it one of the largest road projects ever constructed by the county.
   For more information about the open house, contact Barbara de Michele at (206) 263-3792 or e-mail her at barbara.demichele@metrokc.gov.