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Kirkland News Room

Paving begins Monday, July 20th, on 144th Street

Christian Knight
Public Works/Capital Improvement Program
cknight@kirklandwa.gov
(425) 587-3831

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The road connecting Kingsgate’s business district to 132nd Avenue Northeast will be a lot smoother by early August. For the next few weeks, however, it’ll be a little rough and slow. That’s because on Monday Kirkland’s contractor, Watson Asphalt, begins repaving Northeast 144th and 143rd streets, from 124th to 132nd Avenue Northeast.  

The process begins with ‘lowering iron’—removing manhole covers to protect them from the pre-surfacing asphalt grinding, which removes the old pavement’s top three inches.
The 144th & 143rd arterial is one of seven street sections Kirkland’s contractor is repaving this construction season.  

Watson will finish the first of those this week: Northeast 60th Street, from 132nd Avenue to the west side of Ben Franklin Elementary School.

After Kirkland’s paving contractor finishes Northeast 144th and 143rd streets at the end of July or early August, it will pave Finn Hill’s Northeast 141st Street, from Juanita Drive to 84th Avenue Northeast.

Watson will also pave Seventh Avenue South this summer, as well as portions of 116th, 124th and 132nd Avenues Northeast.

Meanwhile, concrete crews are currently preparing these streets for their new surfaces by improving wheelchair access to their curb ramps together with other concrete fixes.  

South of the city limits, the City of Bellevue will begin grinding and paving on Friday 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 35th Street to Northeast 39th Street. Bellevue’s work will affect access to the South Kirkland Park and Ride. 

For updates on Kirkland’s paving schedule, visit kirklandwa.gov/streetpreservation. (07.15.15)