News

Large capital projects in the pipeline for Kirkland | Construction Corner

There are many large capital projects currently underway or in the pipeline for the City of Kirkland. - Contributed
There are many large capital projects currently underway or in the pipeline for the City of Kirkland.
— image credit: Contributed

The following large capital projects are either currently underway or in the pipeline for the City of Kirkland:

108th and 68th intersection improvements

The 108th and 68th intersection improvements project will install a westbound to northbound right turn lane and other improvements identified as a part of Sound Transit’s route timing improvements. These improvements will reduce congestion and allow the intersection to maintain the city’s desired level of service. Sidewalk and curb enhancements at all four corners of the intersection will improve pedestrian safety and maintain a safe school walk route.

Location: 108th Avenue NE and NE 68th Street

Funding partners: City of Kirkland Capital Improvement Program, Sound Transit.

Project timeline: The project is under construction. Paving began May 29. The project is expected to be complete by the end of June.

Contact: Denise Pirolo, project engineer, at dpirolo@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3830.

NE 85th Street corridor improvements

The NE 85th Street Corridor Improvements provide a series of coordinated street-scape facilities to minimize traffic delays; enable pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, transit riders and others to have a safe and pleasant experience; and, to develop a comprehensive transportation system to stimulate economic vitality and redevelopment.

Location: NE 85th Street between 132nd and 120th Avenue NE

Funding partners: Sound Transit, City of Kirkland Capital Improvement Program

Project timeline: Construction has begun on utility underground conversion along NE 85th Street from 120th to 128th Avenue NE. Conduit will be installed for future underground conversion from 128th Avenue NE to 132nd Avenue NE. Construction is expected to be complete by late 2012. Other phases of the project will follow.

Contact: Rod Steitzer at Rsteitzer@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3825.

1‐405 – NE 116th Street Interchange and Street Improvement

Washington State Department of Transportation project to widen and add lanes, install new signal, install sidewalk and bicycle lanes, reconstruct the off‐ramps and on‐ramps, and reconstruct the bridge structure over the Eastside Rail line.

Timeline: Construction started May 2011 and is scheduled to be complete end of 2012.

Contact: Don Anderson at danderson@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587‐3826.

SR 520 – Medina to SR 202 Eastside Transit and HOV Project

The Eastside Transit and HOV Project will provide transit service and mobility improvements along with environmental and community enhancements. The project will complete and improve the 8.8-mile HOV system from Evergreen Point Road to the SR 202 interchange.

The improved six-lane corridor will include two general-purpose lanes and one transit/HOV lane in each direction. As part of this project, WSDOT will reconstruct SR-520 interchange at Lake Washington Boulevard, add a new HOV lane with improved transit access, realign NE Points Dr, install storm water facility, and develop trail for bikes/pedestrians.

Timeline: Construction started May 2011 and is scheduled to be complete in 2014.

Contact: Don Anderson at danderson@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3826.

Kirkland Pump Station and Sewer Upgrade Project

The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is upgrading its 40-year-old pump station at the corner of Third Street at Park Lane. These upgrades will increase capacity, ensure safe and reliable operations and meet current seismic, noise, and odor control standards.

The upgrade also includes the construction of a new pipeline along Kirkland Avenue from Third Street to Railroad Avenue. Work on Third Street pipelines was completed as part of Sound Transit’s Kirkland Transit Center Project. Park Lane from Third Street to Main Street is being used as a construction staging area and will remain closed during the pump station upgrade.

Location: The pump station is located at the northwest corner of Park Lane and Third Street. The pipeline upgrade will extend along Kirkland Avenue from Third Street to Railroad Avenue.

Planning partners: Sound Transit, King County and City of Kirkland Capital Improvement Program.

Project timeline: In September 2011, King County’s utility contractor started work related to the pump station upgrade, which will last through spring, 2014. The pipeline upgrade in Kirkland Avenue was completed in April. Final paving is anticipated in June or July. Sewer connections in Railroad Avenue, associated with pipeline construction are anticipated to continue through the summer.

Contact: Heidi Sowell at Heidi.Sowell@kingcounty.gov or 206-684-1207.

Construction projects are submitted by Kari Page, Neighborhood Outreach coordinator for the City of Kirkland. Email her at Kpage@kirklandwa.gov.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates