The history of Snoqualmie Ridge includes the long-debated Lake Alice connector road topic, as the two communities sit only yards apart.
When Snoqualmie Ridge was originally developed, an interlocal agreement was established between Snoqualmie, King County and Lake Alice residents stating there would be no connecting road between Snoqualmie Ridge and the Lake Alice community.
At that time, concerns from the Lake Alice community were maintaining its rural appeal and that Ridge residents would use Lake Alice Road, which is not designed for heavy traffic, to access Fall City.
In 2001 that agreement expired, so as Snoqualmie Ridge Division II was being developed, the connector road topic resurfaced. Lake Alice residents and the Snoqualmie City Council eventually agreed on an emergency connection. In 2004, that emergency-only connecting road was paved between the Heights neighborhood and Lake Alice.
Over the next week, King County will hold two public meetings to collect public input on opening that long-debated Lake Alice – Snoqualmie Ridge connector road so its Road Services Division can temporarily close Lake Alice Road to make emergency road repairs to a failing culvert beneath Lake Alice Road SE at 339th Ave SE.
If the emergency connector road is opened as a detour route, residents from about 200 Lake Alice Homes would temporarily use SE Sorenson Street (Heights neighborhood) and connecting streets through the Snoqualmie Ridge community (Carmichael, Douglas Ave) to Snoqualmie Parkway. Sorenson, where the emergency road connects, is a quiet, dead end residential street.
According to the King County County Transportation Department, “Though a permanent culvert is planned in summer 2013, interim drainage improvements are needed immediately. The culvert’s deterioration has accelerated and interim drainage improvements will reduce the chance of the road failing if the culvert should collapse or be blocked. These improvements must be completed before the rainy season begins to protect the roadway.”
The two public input meetings are scheduled for this Wednesday, September 26th, at Fall City Elementary, 6 – 7:30PM and Tuesday, October 2nd, in Snoqualmie City Hall Council Chambers from 7 – 8PM. King County will collect and consider community input regarding its proposed emergency detour route before finalizing.
Notification post cards went out to affected homes last week. If residents have concerns, feedback or questions, these meetings are a chance to have a say and hear the details and timeline for the proposed closure and an ensuing detour route.
Snoqualmie Ridge resident Debbie Mulligans says she plans on attending. “As someone who lives on Douglas and would certainly notice that extra traffic, I am wanting to make sure that they are considering all solutions. There are so many kids that use that road [Douglas Ave] as their path to school, practice, etc. I just want to be sure those things are all taken into consideration when they make their decision.”