Road needs and funding
Issaquah Hobart Road SE and SE Tiger Mountain Road are part of a regional traffic corridor that is highly congested. King County is aware of the impacts on commuters, including increased traffic, travel time, noise, and overall frustration. These roads are part of an increasingly busy network connecting communities.
The recently adopted 2019-2020 King County Budget helps protect drivers using the increasingly congested Issaquah Hobart corridor. $500,000 has been prioritized for Roads to start work on one of the key recommendations from the recently completed Front Street/Issaquah Hobart Road Corridor Study.
Improvements at the intersection of May Valley Road and Issaquah Hobart Road would reduce rear end crashes and improve traffic flow through the intersection in a more reliable manner. It would result in less gridlock and benefit both unincorporated King County and City of Issaquah residents. This funding will pay for the completion of preliminary design, the selection of a preferred alternative, and final design of the project. At this time, the preliminary estimate is that the design will be completed in 2021.
More information is available here.
What King County is doing to help alleviate congestion
King County has been prohibiting right turns from Issaquah Hobart Road SE to Tiger Mountain Road SE at the intersection of these two roads just north of Highway 18 between 6 and 8 a.m. since April 13, 2016.
Other steps we have taken:
- Adjusted traffic signal timing along Issaquah Hobart Road SE at the intersections with SE May Valley Road and Cedar Grove Road SE.
- Installed traffic cameras at key intersections along Issaquah Hobart Road SE to allow signal timing to be controlled and adjusted remotely.
- Installed traffic signs to guide motorists to use Issaquah Hobart Road SEand discourage motorists from using SE Tiger Mountain Road as a bypass.