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Groundbreaking event kicks off construction of Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail
Kirkland City Council Members, Sen. Andy Hill (45th Legislative District), King County Council Member Jane Hague and other elected officials will be on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) on June 28 to kick off the construction of the Interim Trail. The public is invited to meet on the Corridor at the South Kirkland Park and Ride from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of the construction of the 5.75 Interim Trail, learn more about the construction, and talk with elected officials. Public parking is available at the Park and Ride, 3677 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA. Event and project information is available at www.kirklandwa.gov/crosskirklandcorridor or www.facebook.com/crosskirklandcorridor.
The CKC Interim Trail will extend 5.75 miles from 108th Avenue Northeast (south end) to 132nd Avenue Northeast (north end) and will have an all-weather new crushed gravel surface within the existing rail bed. In addition to the gravel, improvements will be made several street crossings.
In 2012, Kirkland received $2 million in state grants, which were supported by Senator Andy Hill through the Jobs Now Act of 2012 and $1 million in federal grants from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Interim Trail. In 2013, with the support of Senator Rodney Tom, the City received $1.3 million through the State Capital Budget for a pedestrian connection to the South Kirkland Park & Ride and was awarded $500,000 for the acquisition of the Corridor through a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant.
Kirkland voters approved Proposition 2, Parks Levy, in 2012 which provided funding for the Master Plan for the CKC which is scheduled to be adopted by the City Council on June 17, 2014.
Construction is expected to begin at the south end and move north. The contract with Rodarte Construction, Inc. is for a 100-day construction timeline. Construction is anticipated to begin the first full week of July. Construction updates will be posted to the City’s website, Cross Kirkland Corridor Facebook and Twitter account.