I-90 Peak Use Shoulder Lanes


To ease congestion in the Interstate 90 corridor, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), is creating added capacity between the Eastgate and Lakemont interchanges by adding auxiliary lanes.

These lanes will be located on the outside of the roadway in both directions of I-90, adding capacity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, the project will construct new noise barriers in strategic locations to minimize impact on nearby residents, including those who live in South Cove, Greenwood Point and along Newport Way.

An "auxiliary lane" is a supplemental or extra lane between interchanges. They are frequently used between closely-spaced interchanges to allow for maneuvering of entering and exiting traffic, speed changes, weaving and truck climbing.

Before the new auxiliary lanes are added, contractor crews are reinforcing catch basins, drainage pipes and utility covers along the shoulders so they can withstand the weight of everyday traffic. To safely perform this work, crews have temporarily re-striped both directions of I-90 and shifted traffic so they can install concrete barriers.


  • Design: 2016-2019
  • Temporary I-90 traffic changes: 2019-2021
  • Eastbound lane closure of Northwest Sammamish Road: August-October 2020
  • Construction completed: Fall 2021

City’s Role

The City of Issaquah is working closely with WSDOT during this project to minimize impact to local neighborhoods, and coordinate work schedules as the City improves local water/stormwater infrastructure north of I-90.

WSDOT’s project will also make room for the City to someday potentially add pedestrian/cyclist amenities in this area. While the City has this project listed in its Capital Improvement Plan, it requires a funding source. Issaquah has not allocated funding at this time to construct these amenities. Learn more via this presentation.

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