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Happy Friday, North Bend, and Happy Spring! Welcome to the new edition of the Weekly Recap. Rain, sunshine, rainbows and warmth were just a few of the weather surprises our town received this week. We hope you were able to get outside, walk some North Bend trails, and enjoy it.
North Bend Receives Grant Funding for Future South Fork Avenue Extension Bypass Project
In March, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) approved funding for the recipients of their 2021 Rural Town Centers and Corridors (RTCC), a program that provides grants for projects in smaller, rural cities in the Pacific Northwest. The City of North Bend was among eight projects selected, with $967,500 recommended for preliminary engineering and design for a new beautification and traffic flow project in town: The South Fork Avenue Extension Bypass. The project includes extending South Fork Avenue SW to West North Bend Way. The extension will provide drivers – notably heavy truck traffic – with an arterial level connection between West North Bend Way and Bendigo Boulevard South (State Route 202).
U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier Secures Funding for North Bend Flood Risk Protection and Wetland Enhancement Project
This week, U.S. Representative Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Mayor Rob and collaborating organizations celebrated her work in securing grant funding for North Bend’s Stream Channel Widening and Wetland Creation/Enhancement Project with a surprisingly warm, spring walk along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The project is a long-term investment in North Bend’s flood risk mitigation and streambank habitat restoration.
Meet up with the Mayor
On Wednesday, March 30th at 10:30 a.m., community members are invited to join Mayor Rob for a cup of coffee at the North Bend Bakery, located at 127 West North Bend Way. Bring your questions and chat over coffee and snacks with Mayor Rob. This casual setting provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your Mayor while discussing City-related topics that are important to you.
It Takes a Village: Multi-year, Collaborative Effort Secures Funding to Fully Modernize Dangerous Stretch of SR 18
This last Wednesday, elected officials, city leaders and public safety representatives from the Snoqualmie Valley and Issaquah gathered at Snoqualmie City Hall for a roundtable discussion to reflect on the multi-year, collaborative effort that secured $640 million in state and federal funding to widen a dangerous stretch of SR 18 between Issaquah-Hobart Road and I-90. The recently passed $17 billion Move Ahead Washington state transportation package included $640 million that will widen SR 18 from two lanes to four lanes over Tiger Mountain between Deep Creek and Issaquah-Hobart Road.
Temporary Rough Road Conditions This Week
Drivers heading westbound on Southeast North Bend Way, crossing the new roundabout at the intersection of 436th Avenue SE, have experienced some rough road conditions for a few days this week. This is occuring in the westbound lane, near the Applied Professional Services (APS) business, located at 43530 Southeast North Bend Way. Work includes the demolition of existing pavement, the installation of gravel road base, and placement of the base lift of asphalt on Friday, March 25th.
Seeking Applicants for Vacancies on Planning Commission
The City of North Bend is seeking applicants for multiple vacancies on the Planning Commission, terms expiring May 18th, 2024 or May 18th, 2026. The Commission is an advisory body to the City Council that prepares and recommends coordinated plans, regulations, and restrictions for the physical development of the City.
Take the Eastside Fire & Rescue Community Survey!
Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) has launched their strategic planning process for 2023 - 2027. They need your input and feedback to help them identify the goals and objectives of their future. Take the survey here.
Take the King County District 3 Community Engagement Survey!
Tell King County what matters to you – take the District 3 survey! The County wants to make sure they are hearing from as many community members as possible. Your voice and priorities are important. Please take a few minutes to answer these quick questions to share your thoughts. Take the survey here.
Keep up with the City on Social Media
One of the easiest ways to keep up with City happenings and breaking news is to follow us on social media. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stop by and become a City of North Bend follower today. You can also find the City on NextDoor HERE.
Picture of the Week
A beautiful photo by the Nursery at Mt. Si captured a vibrant rainbow this week!