Meadowbrook Bridge to lose two-lane status

The historic Meadowbrook Bridge in Snoqualmie will soon be able

to carry a full load once the county implements some much-needed

improvements to the 79-year-old structure.

Representatives from the King County Department of

Transportation told the Snoqualmie City Council

that its plans to convert the two-lane bridge to a single-lane thoroughfare will

produce the best outcome for a relatively small price.

The design for the roughly $3.9 million project is expected to be

completed in about eight months, starting in 2003.

Arsonist strikes City Hall

North Bend's City Hall, which is housed in the same building as the

fire department, was set on fire at approximately 11 p.m. on May 29.

The building suffered an estimated $5,000 in damage, officials said.

A passer-by called 911 on her cell phone, then put most of the fire

out by kicking dirt on the flames.

According to police reports, an accellerant was splashed on

the building's south brick wall and ignited. The incident was

what firefighters call a "splash and dash."

North Bend Officials introduce parking plan

A community parking area is being planned for North Bend and

if approved, will be located between Orchard Street and Cedar Falls

Way, near the Si View neighborhood.

The area would serve as a Park and Ride for weekday commuters and

as evening and weekend parking for Si View Park users. The 150-stall

lot would also provide overflow parking from Torguson Park and

pedestrian access to downtown from the adjoining Tanner Trail.

Riverbend recovers from E. coli scare

Riverbend neighborhood residents had an E. coli scare when routine

water system tests taken June 12 showed traces of the bacteria.

But a second round of tests, conducted immediately after the first

results arrived, found no trace of E. coli.

In Riverbend, the potential contaminate was discovered when the

test came back June 13. Additional samples were taken and more

than 50,000 gallons of water were flushed from the system. The remaining

water was chlorinated, according to Riverbend water systems

operator Renny Lillejord. Since chlorine kills bacteria, the water was rendered

safe that same day.

County council signs off on Fall City

Subarea Plan

The Metropolitan King County Council finally approved the

blueprint that will guide the future of Fall City.

A Citizens Advisory Committee began discussions on the Fall

City Subarea Plan in 1998. It was then forwarded to King County Executive

Ron Sims, and later to the council.

A couple of amendments relating to the sewage treatment options in

the business district were re-written to reflect the community's desire to

keep sewers out of the downtown core.

In addition, the council voted to re-zone five parcels along State

Route 202, across the street from the totem pole, from the A-10 (Potential

Regional Business) category to Neighborhood Business.

Tollgate final EIS released

The document was released that will determine if — and how much

— development will be allowed on the historic Tollgate property in

North Bend.

The Miller Land and Timber Co. owns the 229-acre parcel, which

is bordered by 420th Avenue Southeast and Northeast Eighth Street.

Boalch Avenue and State Route 202 run through the property, as well as

the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.

Plans were originally submitted in 1996 which call for building about

56 homes, an 800-square-foot industrial park and a 180,000-square-foot

office park on the land known for its historical Native American and farming


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