Metropolitan King County Council
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July 11, 2005
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Issaquah City Council
P. O. Box 1307
Issaquah, W A 98027·1307
Dear City Council members:
We arc writing to express our concern Over reports that the Issaquah City Council may vote to cut off funding for the environmental impact review of the Southeast 1s~aquah By-pass Road.
King County has supported this project because it recognized the need for a by-pass road that would provide a new north/south arterial between 1-90 and the Issaquah-Hobart Road to alleviate traffic congestion though the City of Issaquah. The County supported Issaquah in its grant
application for a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant and, more importantly, committed $4 M to the project in 2001. The first $1 M was allocated to costs related to the Phase 1 environmental impact study. In 2004, we revised our interlocal agreement to re-allocate another $1 M for Phase I to help the city reach a build/no build decision.
Our concern is that the proposed cut-off prior to completion of the environmental impact statement and a formal Record of Decision, invalidates the f1nancial commitment made by the County. We want the funds that have already been spent to have counted for something in the process, and we are at a loss to understand how pulling the plug on the project at a stage that provides no foundation for future decisions makes sense.
We respectfully request that the City defer any decision On this project until a Record of Decision point is achieved.
Larry Phillips, Chair
Pete von Reichbauer, Vice Chair Larry Gossett, Chair
King County Council King County Council
Jane Hague, Vice Chair Dow Constantine, Vice Chair
David Irons, Vice Chair
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