Transportation

This page is intended to capture transportation situations and issues in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mt Community Service Area.

It starts with the topics residents brought to the March 2015 regular FCUAC meeting.  It should be considered DRAFT.

March 2015 Resident Comments

Safety at trail entrances

It needs to be confirmed that the example brought to the meeting is the trail head to Tiger Mtn State Forest Trails a quarter mile or so from the south entrance to Tiger Mtn Rd.

Note that the Parks levy that voters approved has a small line item for improving parking, etc. at trail entrances.  Part of the strategy is to identify where on the KC Parks priority list this trail head is.  A similar question exists for all trail heads in the Four Creeks service area.

Bike impact from drainage ditch improvement

If we have it right, drainage ditch improvement reduced the road width.  KC Roads installed rumble strips to warn drivers which have gone into the bike lane on a road designated as a bike route.

May Valley Rd

By chance we were meeting with some May Valley residents and the topic of safety on May Valley Road came up. It’s been added to the list.

The general comment is that May Valley Rd is marked as recreational road (e.g. horses) but, because of traffic increases, it’s become much less safe for horses, bikers, and walkers/runners.

This sounds similar to the issue regarding traffic diversion onto Tiger Mtn Rd.

This also means, probably similar to Tiger Mtn Rd, traffic loads are probably greater than the physical road was intended to carry (i.e. deterioration).

Traffic diversion from arterial roads onto local roads

  • Tiger Mtn Rd is getting bypass traffic from Issaquah-Hobart Rd.
  • May Valley Rd is getting increased traffic between Coal Creek Pkwy and SE 148th.

Transportation description

A number of years back, FCUAC decided to capture comments about transportation in the area.  Shortly after, this data was projected so that it could be used on maps.

List

This is a list of transportation locations in the FCUAC service area.  It consists of points (intersections), lines (roads and road segments), and polygons (areas).  With some minor exceptions, every item is mapped.

NOTE that the current condition and plan indicators will be updated at the April and May 2015 FCUAC regular meetings.

Maps

Four Creeks has a program that builds maps for residents and communities.  One set of those maps are focused on transportation.

Some of the maps in the set are:

  • King County Roads priorities
  • FCUAC interests
  • Transportation (roads, bikes, transit, bike, pedestrian)
  • Corridors
  • Special area focus

All the transportation maps are on the Atlas site in the Maps>Gallery under the Thematic group.

Other

Regional Arterial Network (RAN)

In 1998-1999, King County proposed designating certain roads as part of a Regional Arterial Network.  Roads like Issaquah-Hobart would have been included.  The proposal included a number of ideas, key being that the network would be managed by multiple jurisdictions.

Part of the idea would have modified the funding model to more accurately align to road use.

The proposal didn’t get enough traction to move forward.

KUOW Radio program on rural roads in King County

Broadcast in April, 2015, it does a good job of showing some of the causes of the rural road situation. In a sense, the proposal is similar to the RAN proposal, although the KUOW broadcast focuses on the creation of a funding district.

How to proceed

  • Identify specific locations (e.g. points, road segments, etc.), and then capture that data on existing FCUAC transportation maps.
  • Highlight the items being brought forward on the map, using it as part of the communication with the county.
  • Update/complete information at the May FCUAC regular meeting.
  • Encourage residents to attend the annual Four Creeks/Tiger Mtn Community Service Area meeting.

What to expect

For a couple years now we’ve run into budget reasons when we’ve approached King County Roads.  The resultant prioritization methods they are using do not include many, if any, of the problem areas identified.

King County Parks, who deal with parking at recreational areas (including trail heads), have a small line item in the Parks Levy for improving these areas.

The Players

Depending on how the work goes to get attention onto these issues, one or more of the King County employees may best be engaged.

Reagan Dunn, King County Council member, District 9

  • All of the 50 square mile Four Creeks/Tiger Mtn service area is within Reagan’s district.
  • Reagan’s strengths are not in community resident relationships.  Councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Joe McDermott, for example, are much better in that area.

Rod Dembrowski, King County Council member, District 1

  • Rod chairs the KC Council Transportation, Economy, and Environment (TrEE) Committee.
  • Rod used to live in the Four Creeks area so has some familiarity.

Harold Taniguchi, Director, King County Department of Transportation

 

Brenda Bauer, Director, King County Department of Transportation – Road Services Division

  • For a couple years now, Brenda has been dealing with radical budget cuts.  Unfortunately, this has left little room for meaningful discussions about road needs like the ones here.

Events

  • Community Service Area annual meeting
  • FCUAC regular May meeting