Curbs installed along Issaquah-Hobart Road SE near Poo Poo Point to enhance safety

Issaquah Hobart Curbs

King County Road Services crew installing curb sections along Issaquah-Hobart Road SE on April 28, 2016.

Drivers will see something new along Issaquah-Hobart Road SE near the paragliding landing field and parking lot. King County Road Services has installed curbing along the road to prevent illegal parking which will enhance visibility for drivers passing by. Road Services maintains this stretch of Issaquah-Hobart Road SE in unincorporated King County near Issaquah – and safety is our top priority.

The installation includes 150 six foot precast curb sections that crews secured to the ground with epoxy. The curbing stretches about 600 feet on the west side of the road and 400 feet on the east side. Pylons have also been put in place.

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King County Road Services crew installing curb sections along Issaquah-Hobart Road SE on April 28, 2016.

This particular area, officially part of the Squak Mountain – Tiger Mountain Corridor, is a popular spot for paragliders and hikers. Warm days draw large numbers of outdoor enthusiasts which leads to significant parking issues. King County is currently working with recreational agencies on parking solutions for the high volume of visitors.

If you see unsafe parking, please contact the King County Sheriff’s Office. To learn more about King County Road Services, go here. To report road maintenance and traffic safety issues such as downed stop signs, signals that are out or trees over the roadway, call the 24/7 Road Helpline at 206-296-8100 or 1-800-527-6237 (1-800-KC-ROADS).

2 thoughts on “Curbs installed along Issaquah-Hobart Road SE near Poo Poo Point to enhance safety

  1. Hi, Thanks you for putting curbs along Issaquah-Hobart Rd to help with the traffic problems caused by people trying to park for access to Poo Poo Point. Unfortunately, this does not help with safety issues. I live on Issaquah-Hobart Rd and there was yet another accident near my house today that may be related to Poo Poo Point traffic.

    I think one safety issue is the speed limit. Heading south on Issaquah-Hobart the speed limit changes from 35 MPH to 45 MPH just south of two churches and a playground. I suspect that the speed limit doesn’t change until after these places is for safety reasons.

    Safety would be vastly improved if the speed limit was kept to 35 MPH until a quarter mile south of the Poo Poo Point parking lot. This change will not significantly impede the traffic flow. It’s already bumper to bumper during rush hour anyway and if anything this change will provide an additional margin of safety during these times where drivers need to go from 45 MPH to zero with little warning. Rear end collisions are not uncommon.

    I think it’s time to rethink this stretch of Issaquah-Hobart. Poo Poo Point will not become any less popular and if anything the traffic on weekends will get worse. Yelp lists it as a 4 star hike. Do a Google search of “Poo Poo Point” of “Hikes close to Issaquah” and see how many hits come up. These traffic problems are here to stay and will only get worse. We can’t make it less congested but we can make it safer.

    Thanks for your time,
    Joe

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