Congresswoman Suzan DelBene poses with Kirkland city councilmembers and city employees where the Cross Kirkland Corridor runs through Totem Lake. Kirkland is seeking $10 million to help it complete a bridge project that would connect the corridor and provide a safe crossing over a busy intersection. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene poses with Kirkland city councilmembers and city employees where the Cross Kirkland Corridor runs through Totem Lake. Kirkland is seeking $10 million to help it complete a bridge project that would connect the corridor and provide a safe crossing over a busy intersection. Katie Metzger/staff photo

DelBene visits highways, trails on infrastructure tour

Congresswoman highlights Kirkland’s Totem Lake bridge and other projects in need of federal funding.

Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced the start of an infrastructure tour of the First Congressional District to get a firsthand look at local projects that could help drive economic growth and support good-paying jobs in the region.

She plans to visit project sites across the district over the next year. The first three stops of DelBene’s tour occurred on March 20 in Snohomish and King counties.

“There are many roads, rails, bridges and tunnels across Washington state that are in need of improvements. Making these critical investments will not only improve our infrastructure, it will bolster our economy by adding good-paying jobs for middle class families. I look forward to hearing from people on the ground and taking their message back to Washington, D.C., where I will keep fighting for more infrastructure dollars for our region,” stated DelBene, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

DelBene toured the Totem Lake Connector Bridge project site in Kirkland, which upon completion, will be a bicycle and pedestrian bridge. It will connect two ends of the Cross Kirkland Corridor that are currently divided by a complicated intersection, which carries upwards of 50,000 vehicles every day.

Totem Lake is experiencing tremendous re-development, and the concept of the bridge is to “connect and unify the community through an iconic gateway,” said Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet.

The bridge will connect Totem Lake to Woodinville and Redmond, as well as complete a key link in the regional trail system. Design is complete and construction is expected to take about two years. Kirkland has allocated more than a third of the funds necessary to build the $18.4 million bridge and is asking the federal government for the remaining $10 million.

Earlier in the day, DelBene visited the I-405/SR-522/527 improvement project in Bothell that would widen I-405 through the SR-522 interchange and build direct access ramps to the express toll lanes to help ease congestion and the Hwy 2 trestle in Everett that is in need of maintenance to ease the heavy traffic and the high volume of accidents.

“These projects are important to our region and the economy in our region and making sure that we have traffic flow and transit opportunities is key,” DelBene, who is vice chair of the New Democrat Coalition, told the Reporter.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet listen to Kirkland employees explain the importance of the Totem Lake Connector project to the city and the region. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet listen to Kirkland employees explain the importance of the Totem Lake Connector project to the city and the region. Katie Metzger/staff photo

John Starbard from Kirkland’s public works department shows Congresswoman Suzan DelBene how the Totem Lake Connector will improve the experience for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists at the busiest intersection in the city. Katie Metzger/staff photo

John Starbard from Kirkland’s public works department shows Congresswoman Suzan DelBene how the Totem Lake Connector will improve the experience for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists at the busiest intersection in the city. Katie Metzger/staff photo

More in News

VoteWA is a $9.5 million program that came online last May and is meant to unify all 39 county voting systems in the state into a single entity. Courtesy image
WA’s new voting system concerns county elections officials

VoteWA has run into some problems in recent months as the Aug. 6 primary election draws closer.

Kirkland officer fatally shoots man threatening 18-month-old child

King County Sheriff’s Office will conduct investigation into shooting.

An aerial photo shows the locations of two earthquakes and five aftershocks in and near Monroe, which rattled the Puget Sound region early Friday. The first was the magnitude 4.6 quake at upper right, 13 miles under the intersection of U.S. 2 and Fryelands Boulevard SE at 2:51 a.m. The second, magnitude 3.5, occurred 18 miles under the Old Snohomish-Monroe Road at 2:53 a.m. The aftershocks followed during the ensuing two hours. This image depicts an area about 3 miles wide. (Herald staff and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)
Early wake-up call: Twin quakes under Monroe rattle region

Thousands of people felt them. They were magnitude 4.6 and 3.5 and hit minutes apart.

Courtesy photo
King County Sheriff’s Office has been giving ICE unredacted information

Both the office and jail have supplied the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

‘Feedback loops’ of methane, CO2 echo environmental problem beyond Washington

University of Washington among researchers of climate change’s effects in global temperatures.

A sign in 132nd Square Park updates residents on the potential improvements taking place within the park. Madeline Coats/staff photo
Kirkland park board reviews concepts for 132nd Square Park

The city aims to better manage stormwater in Totem Lake/Juanita Creek basin.

Northwest University awaits approval of 20-year master plan

Plan includes the addition of four new structures and the replacement of three existing buildings.

Kirkland organizations receive Get Active Stay Active grants

The City of Kirkland, Imagine Housing are among the recipients.

EvergreenHealth revises failed Prop. 1 measure for the Aug. 6 ballot

The public hospital failed to pass a $345 million bond in April. The tweaked proposal will make its debut on the Aug. 6 ballot as a tax rate extension, not an increase.

Most Read