Street preservation program begins August 6

Slurry seal process to close street sections of Kingsgate and North Rose Hill neighborhoods.

  • Thursday, August 2, 2018 12:30pm
  • News

A series of one-day closures will affect 11 sections of residential streets in the Kingsgate and North Rose Hill neighborhoods starting Aug. 6 through Aug. 9 while Kirkland’s contractor applies a layer of emulsified asphalt, water and fine gravel to their surfaces. This slurry seal process will extend their useful lives by five to 10 years.

The closures will last up to 10 hours, between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Most, however, will last four to five hours. The city’s contractor, Intermountain Slurry Seal, Incorporated, will post signs one day in advance of the process. The entire slurry seal project encompasses a total of 50 sections of residential streets—14.5 lane-miles of streets—in North Rose Hill and Kingsgate.

The city of Kirkland has been treating residential streets in every neighborhood throughout the city with slurry seal since 2002. Slurry seal prevents moisture from infiltrating the road and undermining its basic structure. It also replenishes the pavement beneath it with aggregate.

However, slurry seal does have its own limitations. Because it requires full closures, the city of Kirkland uses it exclusively on low-volume residential streets and some collector streets. Additionally, because it is not a structural remedy, streets must already be in good condition.

“Its primary function is to keep those roads in good condition,” Kirkland’s Streets Engineer George Minassian, Ph.D., said in a press release. “It’s a classic case of ‘a little maintenance now will prevent costly repairs later.’”

Slurry seal typically costs the City of Kirkland just $1,600 per city block to apply. Repaving costs approximately $17,000 per city block. And rebuilding a road from its base can cost $65,000 per city block.

To see the 2018 slurry seal schedule, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/streetpreservation.

More in News

Female mayors discuss opportunities in their cities

Emerging leaders focus on diversity, development and deliberate actions.

Kirkland firefighters and Puget Sound Energy staff examine the aftermath of a four-hour fire that destroyed the Rose Hill Village and “annihilated” Decks and Spas. Kailan Manandic/staff photo
Locals rally around business incinerated by Rose Hill fire

A GoFundMe campaign for Kirkland’s Decks and Spas has raised over $17,000 to rebuild the business.

Kirkland Police Explorers bring home hardware

Law enforcement professionals in training win first place at local competition.

Semi-truck pulls down utility poles, closes 84th Avenue Northeast in Kirkland

The truck was caught on cables and pulled down five poles, closing the street for more than 24 hours.

Photos courtesy of Trooper Rick Johnson
Troopers seek hit and run suspect, call on public for help

The Washington State Patrol asked locals for any information to identify the vehicle and suspect.

Welcome to Juanita event, Sept. 15

The Juanita Neighborhoods Association is hosting an event from noon to 3 p.m. at Edith Moulton Park.

Kirkland reopens the city’s oldest fire station

Kirkland’s Fire Station 25 opened 44 years ago and hadn’t been remodeled until October 2017.

Kirkland City Hall. File photo
City’s updates to Rose Hill, Bridle Trails neighborhood plans underway

The updates would consolidate the two Rose Hill neighborhood plans.

Most Read