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Old 10-14-2008, 02:31 PM
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This is one of the areas we are considering to rent/buy. My sister in law is from Bellevue and said she thinks they have widened the road to improve traffic. I also just read there is a new Microsoft connector stop in Redmond Ridge. So just how bad is the traffic? I had somewhat ruled it out but it seems like it may be worth another look.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:36 AM
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I don't live there but I pass the turnoff for it all the time.

Still looks bad to me. They've been doing a ton of construction on Avondale, the main road you'd use to get to novelty hill road, the main road to Redmond Ridge. I suspect this is the kind of construction that never actually ends. It moves, it pauses briefly, but never ends. I've seen it before.... I hope I'm wrong.....

I rarely see backups at non-rush-hour times all the way back to avondale, so that's a good thing, but there is still a big traffic bottleneck that I don't think they've addressed. And, knowing Redmond better now, I also suspect they will deliberately keep it that way. (They just narrowed one of the main arteries up through our neighborhood from 4 lanes to two to slow people down. Amazing. In one day, they took rush-hour traffic from manageable on two routes, to total gridlock on both. People slowed down everywhere, all right! Unbelievable, especially reading the rationales, these people are just wacko).

Unless he's committed to taking the connector bus daily AND making that part of his workday (not just a creeping extra part of a workday before and after a "normal" workday, but rather his office during the commute), you still want to drive that road a lot at rush hours and see it for yourselves. I doubt it is much better.
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