As someone who grew up in North Bend until the late ’80s, I wanted to say that a roundabout is not the solution to problems at the intersection of North Bend Way and Cedar Falls Way. There are two other solutions the city should consider.
Remembering the past may yield one solution. This intersection is an old relic of when Interstate 90 (U.S. Federal Highway 10) used to go through town. Until the mid 1980s, North Bend Way and Cedar Falls Way used to be one-way streets before they came together at the intersection. The old flow of traffic had Cedar Falls Way being the eastbound lane and North Bend Way being the westbound lane between 436th Avenue Southeast and the intersection. Bringing back the old flow of traffic would decrease the number of accidents since the increase in accidents did not happen until the city made both streets two-way streets.
Another option would be a complete construction overhaul that would move the intersection to the east 500 feet with a stop light. This will reduce accidents at that intersection, as well.
A roundabout certainly will not help pedestrians or people driving in that intersection.
Mark K. Marion
Former Snoqualmie Valley resident who now lives in