Lake Alice Road traffic study waits for King County's approval

At the Snoqualmie City Council meeting Aug. 28, the council approved a resolution for a Lake Alice Road traffic study that depends on the King County Council's agreement to share 50 percent of the study's cost.

The traffic study's total cost is estimated at $29,000.

The timeframe for the study - if and when it happens - depends on the King County Council's response.

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said he had begun preliminary talks with King County Executive Ron Sims and Councilmember Kathy Lambert, but that he would like to tell King County that if the county goes forward with the traffic study, Snoqualmie would be a participant.

"If you were to approve this, we could take this to King County in more earnest," Larson said.

Snoqualmie Public Works Department director Kirk Holmes said King County probably would not have an answer until sometime in 2007.

However, the wait would give the City Council time to allot for funding in its 2007 budget.

"All this does is open up the door for communication," said Snoqualmie City Clerk Jodi Warren.

During the meeting, Councilmember Maria Henriksen said this issue was not a council priority.

Councilmember Kingston Wall said he did not see a clear benefit for Snoqualmie to do the traffic study at this time.

Councilmember Jeff MacNichols said if the study did not happen now, inflation and future needs might make a study take longer and cost more.

The resolution was unanimously approved.

Jack Webber of Snoqualmie and Lake Alice resident Dale Sherman both spoke against further pursuit of the Lake Alice Road connection.

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