Washington State Route 202

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State Route 202 marker

State Route 202
Map of western King County, with SR 202 is highlighted in red.
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 2
Defined by RCW 47.17.385
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 30.55 mi[2] (49.17 km)
Existed: 1964[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 522 in Woodinville
 
East end: I‑90 in North Bend
Location
Counties: King
Highway system
US 197 SR 203

State Route 202 (SR 202) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Washington, serving part of the Seattle metropolitan area. It runs southeasterly for 31 miles (50 km) in the Eastside region of King County, serving the cities of Woodinville, Redmond, Fall City, and North Bend. The highway begins at SR 522 in Woodinville, intersects SR 520 in Redmond and SR 203 in Fall City, and terminates at Interstate 90 (I-90) in North Bend.

Route description[edit]

Looking eastbound on SR 202 in downtown North Bend from the historic North Bend Theatre
Mount Si, as it looks from SR 202 near North Bend

SR 202 begins at an interchange with SR 522 northwest of downtown Woodinville and east of the I-405 interchange. The highway travels south on 131st Avenue NE, crossing under a railroad overpass, before turning west onto NE 175th Street. SR 202 then crosses a railroad grade crossing and bridges the Sammamish River, before turning south onto Redmond–Woodinville Road. The highway travels south along the west side of the Sammamish River valley into Woodinville wine country, a district of wineries and tasting rooms south of Woodinville.[3] SR 202 turns east onto NE 145th Street and crosses over the Sammamish River, and then enters the first in a series of three roundabouts that turn the highway southward.[4][5]

SR 202 continues south along the east side of the rural Sammamish River valley and passes Sammamish River Regional Park before entering the city of Redmond. The highway travels along the western end of Education Hill and turns due south onto 164th Avenue NE while approaching downtown Redmond. SR 202 turns east onto a pair of one-way streets, Redmond Way and Cleveland Street, at the terminus of former SR 908.[6] The streets pass the Redmond Town Center shopping center and merge onto Redmond Way, crossing over Bear Creek and under a freeway interchange with SR 520.[7] SR 202 continues southeasterly along the edge of Marymoor Park near the north shore of Lake Sammamish, leaving Redmond and briefly entering the city of Sammamish.[5][8]

SR 202 continues into unincorporated King County, traveling east and south around the Sammamish Plateau by following the course of Patterson Creek. The highway turns east at Duthie Hill and passes through Fall City, turning north to cross the Snoqualmie River. At the north end of the bridge, SR 202 intersects SR 203 in a roundabout, forming the latter's terminus. The highway continues southeast along the Snoqualmie River, passing Fall City Airport and crossing Tokul Creek via a long hairpin turn. SR 202 passes Snoqualmie Falls, enters a roundabout at Tokul Road, and travels south across the Snoqualmie River towards downtown Snoqualmie. From Snoqualmie, it travels southeast through the Three Forks lowlands and crosses the South Fork Snoqualmie River into North Bend. The highway turns southwest onto Bendigo Boulevard and travels through the city's downtown, exiting via a crossing of the South Fork Snoqualmie River. SR 202 passes the North Bend Premium Outlets mall and intersects I-90, where it terminates.[5][8]

SR 202 is maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), who conduct an annual survey on its highways to measure traffic volume in terms of average annual daily traffic. In 2016, WSDOT calculated that 40,000 vehicles used SR 202 at its western terminus in Woodinville and 7,500 vehicles used it in Woodinville wine country, the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively.[9]

History[edit]

SR 202 was formed in 1964 from the Bothell-Monroe branch of Primary State Highway 15. At this time, almost all of present-day SR 202 was part of SR 522, and present-day SR 522 from Woodinville to Monroe was part of SR 202. In 1970, SR 522 and SR 202 were switched, yielding their present configuration. As a result of this change, SR 202, although a child route of U.S. Route 2, does not currently connect to US 2. Originally it did at the current junction of US 2 and SR 522 in Monroe.

Proposed improvements[edit]

WSDOT is working with representatives from local agencies and communities to identify transportation-related problems and potential improvement projects for State Route 202 in east King County. The result of this effort will be the SR 202 Corridor Study, a plan that will include a list of short- and long-term highway projects to address safety and mobility issues on SR 202 from Sahalee Way N.E. to Duthie Hill Road (292nd Avenue S.E.) near the City of Sammamish. Local representatives and agencies can use the proposed improvement projects list to solicit funding and make decisions about how to invest resources over the next 20 years to address safety and mobility issues.[10]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in King County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Woodinville 0.00 0.00 SR 522 to I‑405 – Bothell, Monroe Interchange
Redmond 7.03 11.31 Redmond Way Former SR 908
7.75 12.47 SR 520 west / Avondale Road – Seattle Interchange
Fall City 21.82 35.12 SR 203 north – Carnation Roundabout
North Bend 30.55 49.17 I‑90 – Seattle, Spokane Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "47.17.385: State route No. 202". Revised Code of Washington. Washington State Legislature. 1970. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Multimodal Planning Division (January 27, 2017). State Highway Log Planning Report 2016, SR 2 to SR 971 (PDF) (Report). Washington State Department of Transportation. pp. 1127–1140. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ Whitely, Peyton (May 10, 2006). ""Wine village" plan growing". The Seattle Times. p. B1. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ Whitely, Peyton (February 10, 2006). "Woodinville intersection to be redone — in a roundabout way". The Seattle Times. p. B3. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Google (June 3, 2017). "State Route 202" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ "SR 202: Junction SR 202 Couplet Redmond" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. July 27, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ "SR 520: Junction SR 202" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. March 31, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Washington State Department of Transportation (2014). Washington State Highways, 2014–2015 (PDF) (Map). Olympia: Washington State Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 3, 2017.  (Inset map)
  9. ^ 2016 Annual Traffic Report (PDF) (Report). Washington State Department of Transportation. 2017. pp. 161–162. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  10. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2010). "SR 202 corridor study". Retrieved May 4, 2010. 

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