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Originally published November 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified November 9, 2007 at 2:05 AM

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Q & A | Red lights | Holiday bus-route changes

Q: Hitting every red light on a main road can be a nuisance. When these red lights add to the traffic problem, frustration doubles. For Nancy Marshall, driving...

Seattle Times Eastside bureau

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Q: Hitting every red light on a main road can be a nuisance. When these red lights add to the traffic problem, frustration doubles.

For Nancy Marshall, driving on Redmond Way and Cleveland Street in downtown Redmond is the ultimate hassle.

Before she gets to each intersection, the light turns red, despite driving the speed limit, she said.

"Traffic in Redmond can be horrendous, and I'm sure this contributes a great deal to the problem," she added.

Are there plans to change the lights and perhaps ease drivers' frustrations?

A: Alterations are already in the works.

To minimize stops on Redmond Way and Cleveland Street, Redmond uses four timing plans, depending on the time of day. Morning and weekend timing plans have been changed in recent months and a more in-depth review of timings is scheduled for late November, Rob Crittenden, Redmond traffic-operations manager, replied in an e-mail.

The timing plans have difficulty predicting the arrival of cars as congestion increases, which often inhibits smooth traffic flow on the roadway during peak hours, he added.

Redmond is installing technology that will allow traffic engineers to monitor and make changes to the timing plan more quickly. Drivers who see a problem can contact Redmond's traffic operations center at pwtrans@redmond.gov or (425) 556-2701 and report what time of day the problem occurs.

Veterans Day bus-route changes

In light of Veterans Day, King County Metro will close the following bus routes Monday: 45, 46, 76, 77, 79, 133, 167, 197, 202, 205, 272, 277, 304, 308 and 373. Alternative service is available for these routes.

Select trips will be canceled for routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 372 and ST 540.

All other Metro routes will operate on regular weekday schedules. Metro's Rider Information Office and other county and Metro offices will be closed.

For more information, visit: http://transit.metrokc.gov.

Comment on speed limit

The King County Road Services Division is gathering public comment on a proposal to raise the speed limit on Klahanie Boulevard and Klahanie Drive from Issaquah-Pine Lake Road to Issaquah-Fall City Road in Issaquah.

After a traffic analysis, engineers determined the present speed limit to be inconsistent with the roadway and area's character. If approved, the speed limit would be increased from 25 mph to 30 mph.

Comments will be accepted through Nov. 26 and should be sent to Scott Sawhill by mail, MS: KSC-TR-0222, 201 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA, 98104-3856; fax, (206) 296-0176 or e-mail, scott.sawhill@kingcounty.gov.

A public hearing will be held Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Challenger Elementary School, 25200 S.E. Klahanie Boulevard, Issaquah.

Early Warnings

Bellevue: During the night and early-morning hours Tuesday through Friday, crews may close up to three lanes in each direction of Interstate 405 between 112th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Eighth Street; and may close ramps at 112th Avenue Southeast, Southeast Eighth Street, and the I-405/Interstate 90 interchange for work related to widening. This work depends on the weather. At least one lane on I-405 will remain open to traffic.

Kirkland: During the night and early-morning hours Tuesday through Friday, crews may close up to three lanes in each direction between Northeast 85th and 116th streets, and may close ramps at Northeast 85th and 116th streets. At least one lane on I-405 will remain open to traffic.

Meghan Peters: 206-464-8305 or mpeters@seattletimes.com

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