New Traffic Circle planned for North Bend Way near Snoqualmie Casino

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe announced this week it will be adding traffic and safety improvement to SE North Bend Way to accommodate its new convenience store and gas station that will be built near the Snoqualmie Casino.

The Tribe plans to install a new traffic circle and entrance to the Snoqualmie Reservation – just west of the existing Snoqualmie Casino entrance off I-90 exit 27. According to a press release, the Tribe will pay all costs associated with the project.

Construction of the traffic circle is expected to begin after the planning and permitting process is finished. The Tribes says the circle will reduce congestion, reduce speed, and improve traffic flow into and out of the area, especially after new convenience store opens for business.

“As the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe pursues responsible development of our business enterprises, it is our responsibility to improve safety for all travelers, visitors and employees,” said Steve De Los Angeles, of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribal Council.  “This project will serve the community, providing better and safer access to the Snoqualmie Indian Reservation, our businesses and the thousands of visitors we welcome every year.”

The project will not affect operations at Snoqualmie Casino or the existing Snoqualmie Tobacco and Liquor Store, with both remaining open during construction.

On August 30th, traffic and engineering consultants for the Tribe will have pre-application meeting with King County officials to discuss design and engineering, permitting process and fees.

The 12-pump gas station and convenience store (with a deli, market, beer cave and drive-up window for tobacco) will replace the current small, Snoqualmie Tobacco Company and Liquor Store building on North Bend Way.

According to a May press release, the store/gas station is expected to open in late 2016.

For more information, visit www.snoqualmietribe.us.

 

New traffic circle will bel located at the west edge of the Snoqualmie Indian Reservation, near 372nd. Photo: Google Maps screenshot.

New traffic circle will bel located at the west edge of the Snoqualmie Indian Reservation, just east of 372nd Ave SE. Photo: Google Maps screenshot.

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