WOW! I just read in the Oct. 27 edition of the Redmond Reporter that the budget for the recent street conversion of making Redmond Way and Cleveland Street two-way roads was $27 million; and it took a year to do the conversion.
For those of us who lived here when Redmond was just a small suburb of Seattle remember when both Redmond Way and Cleveland street were two-way streets. When they changed them to one-way streets in the ‘70s, it seemed to have happened overnight. Besides changing out a couple of street lights so they only worked one way, the only other additional cost was probably the paint for the directional arrows and the one-way signs.
I get inflation and that the population has gone from around 20,000 in the ‘70s to 60,500-plus currently, but $27 million?! And as another reader pointed out, the red lights on these $27 million two-way streets are out of sync. Just last night, about a week after the opening of Redmond way, I witnessed cars unable to cross at the Leary Street/Redmond Way intersection when the light was green because cars going west on Redmond Way were blocking the intersection. This stop light, by the way, used to be the only one in town. Good job Redmond, now the traffic is even more of a nightmare.
Be careful everyone – tickets are going to be handed out like candy on Halloween for those cars blocking intersections. The city now has another money maker. Please use that money to upgrade to smart traffic lights as was previously suggested by another Redmond resident.