Fire Department Safety Concerns Lead to New Traffic Signal on Snoqualmie Parkway

If you’ve noticed the construction along the shoulder of Snoqualmie Parkway near the fire station, it’s the beginning infrastructure work for a new traffic signal set to start flashing at the intersection of Better Way SE and Snoqualmie Parkway in the coming months.

A traffic signal at this location has always been part of the Snoqualmie Ridge development plan, which means land developer, Dave Yusuda, will be covering the cost of the new signal, according to the Head Snoqualmie’s Public Works Department, Dan Marcinko.

Traffic signals don’t come cheap either.  Depending on location, their costs run around $500,000 once fully operational.

The new signal, which is being installed due to Snoqualmie Fire Department safety concerns when pulling out of the fire house garage during emergencies, should be operational by late fall.  It will be within the timing of other lights along Snoqualmie Parkway.

One business owner in the Kimball Creek retail area on Better Way SE said the new traffic light is needed, commenting that the area has become increasingly busy due to construction of a new housing development (approximately 100 homes), as well as its retail development that is home to at least 10 businesses.

So expect to see construction crews in the area until that new light starts doing its job in about two months.

Construction crews as work begins on new traffic signal at intersection of Better Way SE and Snoqualmie Parkway - in front of Snoqualmie Fire Station

Construction crews as work begins on new traffic signal at intersection of Better Way SE and Snoqualmie Parkway – in front of Snoqualmie Fire Station

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