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 Community Calendar 

Aug 18 City Council Special Meeting

Aug 26 Human Services Commission Special Meeting

Pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation 20-25, the City is unable to provide an in-person location for the public to listen to the virtual City Council meetings. Meetings are still accessible to the public, and public comment is able to be submitted. View Live on the City Website, City Facebook or Comcast Channel 21 (within Sammamish only). To Provide Verbal Comment, please see instructions in the Meeting Agenda.

 City News 

COVID-19 Updates: See the latest updates on the Sammamish COVID-19 information hub

In case you missed it: 

SE 4th St Sculpture

On August 13, the Sammamish Arts Commission unveiled the City's new Permanent Public Art on SE 4th Street, created by artist and Sammamish resident Lin Garretson.  The three faces of the sculpture represent UNITY - enriched by our differences we are better together; TENACITY - unwavering stewardship of our environment & natural habitats; and COMMITMENT to grow a caring & compassionate community.  Can you tell which face is which?  The Sammamish community will have an opportunity to select a name for this beautiful sculpture!

ribbon cutting

On August 13, the City of Sammamish celebrated the completion of the SE 4th Street Improvement Project with a ribbon-cutting and some fun replicating a famous album cover!  SE 4th is now upgraded to a multi-modal street with sidewalks, bike lanes, and turn lanes to improve safety and mobility.


The September service change for Metro will include cuts and suspensions to routes in the region, including routes that serve Sammamish residents.  Learn more at the Mobility Hub on Connect Sammamish.

Sammamish Routes and services with most or all trips currently operating (Routes with two or fewer trips cut):

  • 269 
  • Sound Transit 554

Sammamish Routes with continued suspension until further notice (effective June 22):

  • Sammamish Community Ride
  • 216, 219

food drive

The City of Sammamish is sponsoring a Community Food Drive on Saturday, August 22, 12 noon - 4pm.  Items contributed will be distributed to the community by Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and Hopelink.  Find a map for the no-contact drive-through event, and urgent items needed here.

COVID-19 Small Business support grantsLast week to apply!  Sammamish small businesses affected by COVID-19 are eligible to receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications close on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Learn more. 

FB Cover Share Your Voice

Survey closing soon!  The Sammamish Arts Commission has been requested by City Council to commission artwork representing civil liberties and racial/social justice. Take the survey to share your voice!  The survey closes August 17th. 

volunteer drivers needed

Community Van needs volunteer drivers! Are you interested in helping your community? Are you at lower risk for COVID-19 (under the age of, not pregnant, and free of underlying health conditions)? Please sign up today to be a neighborhood hero! 

fill the boot

Local 2878 and Muscular Dystrophy Association have teamed up to hold a virtual “Fill the Boot”. Join the thousands of firefighters who have participated in "Fill The Boot" virtually this year to continue to provide critical funds to members of the MDA community.

Cone Zone

These road work projects are scheduled in Sammamish for the week of August 15 - 21.


Summer Construction Hours are 7am to 8pm Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays, and no work on Sundays and holidays.

SE 4th Street: Finishing Up!

On SE 4th St., Most of the work has been completed.  Crews are working on the final touches; property restorations; fences; minor adjustments; clean up, etc. While the impacts to traffic are much less now, construction equipment will be moving up and down the roadway and there will be minor traffic impacts.  At times flaggers will be controlling traffic to get vehicles around the work. Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  During non-work hours, traffic will be traveling in normal lanes.  Please be cautious as you travel through the corridor and keep an eye out for construction crews as they work to finish up this great community asset.

Ditch & Drainage Maintenance

The City will be performing ditch maintenance and completing small drainage projects in select neighborhoods this summer. Impacted residents should have received a work notice in the mail. Ditch maintenance is expected to last into August. Working hours are during normal construction hours. Ditch maintenance includes ditch cleaning, minor tree limbing, and culvert cleaning.

WSDOT (King County)

There will be a road closure on SR 202 currently scheduled for the last weekend in August. This location is just east of the 244th Ave NE Intersection with SR 202, between 244th Ave NE and Ames Lake Road.

  • The current schedule shows that WSDOT will be performing night time and weekend work starting on August 28th and finishing on Sunday August 30th.  
  • Purpose: Install a new fish passable culvert across SR 202.

Pavement Marking

King County will resume pavement marking work citywide. Work will progress depending on the weather. Working hours are mostly during daytime normal construction hours (7am – 8pm). Remaining work includes thermoplastic marking and installation of raised pavement markings (RPMs). Pavement striping is a moving operation; please be alert and maintain your distance from striping vehicles.

Curb Ramp Retrofit Project

Crews are working in Hunter's Ridge and Livingston neighborhoods. Traffic delays are not anticipated.  Typical work hours are between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

2020 Pavement Program - Overlay

228th Ave SE between SE 24th St and SE 8th St. 

Crews will finish grinding 228th Ave SE early next week and transition into paving.  Paving will likely start Wednesday morning and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the week.  Traffic will be merged into a single lane in each direction to get through the work zone.  During paving, traffic may be shifted around the center island medians into the oncoming lanes.  Uniformed Police Officers will be aiding drivers through intersections.  Work hours are between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

East Lake Sammamish Place / SE 24th Way / E. Beaver Lake Dr. SE

Overlays are complete.  Minor work remains for raising utilities and striping.

SE 43rd Way and Providence Point Signal

This is a City of Issaquah project. To sign up for project updates and traffic alerts, please visit

Issaquah-Fall City Road (IFCR)

Issaquah-Fall City Road remains closed for construction. Local access will be maintained during the closure. The closure between 247th Place SE and Klahanie Dr. SE is still on schedule to last through the end of December 2020

  1. The roundabout at SE Issaquah-Beaver Lake Rd./256th Ave. SE/SE 32nd St/E Beaver Lake Dr. SE is operational. There will be a contractor performing work on the sidewalks and wheelchair ramps during the week.
  2. Construction of the bridge is underway and on schedule to complete in December. The contractor is working to complete the top beams to the substructure in preparation of the girder installation.  The girders for the bridge are being delivered and installed during the week of August 24th.  Girder installation will be occurring during the night time hours of August 24-August 28.
  3. Between 242nd and 247th Ave. SE, traffic remains on the south side of the roadway. Work continues along the north half of the roadway in this area. The contractor and the utility companies will be working on relocations in these limits. Grading work, concrete curb and sidewalk placement have extended into August due to work related to the underground utilities. The contractor will continue to work next week in the intersection of 247th Ave. SE near the middle school. Placement of asphalt is currently on schedule to occur at the end of August.

Please note that during peak delays, using the project detour route, Issaquah Beaver Lake Road to Issaquah Pine Lake Road, may result in shorter drive times. For more information and project updates, please visit the project portal on Connect Sammamish. Please remember to obey all the stop signs and speed limits in the area.

Project work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Bridge crews between Klahanie Dr. SE and 247th continue to begin at 7:00 a.m., following the required health check-up. Road crews between 242nd and 247th continue to start at 7:30 a.m., following the required health check-up.

212th Avenue SE Sidewalk Repair

The repairs have been made to the failed sidewalk and shoulder by the City Maintenance Crews.  The chain-link fence has also been repaired.  The Maintenance staff will be performing vacuuming and water jetting of the culverts is expected to occur later in the week of August 17th. While the work is occurring, the roadway will be closed to one lane with flaggers.

Issaquah-Fall City Road Phase 2

Preliminary design is starting for traffic and safety improvements on SE Issaquah Fall City Road/SE Duthie Hill Road from Klahanie Drive SE to Issaquah Beaver Lake Road. For the next few weeks, surveyors will be on the roadway gathering information for design. Traffic will not be impacted, but please drive with caution to keep yourself and the workers safe.

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