March 11, 2016
City Council to discuss the ST3 candidate projects one more time
The City Council will receive a briefing at the regular Council meeting on Tuesday, March 15 related to ST3 Candidate ballot measure on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC). They will also review a final letter to the Sound Transit Board prior to Sound Transit’s expected issuance of a draft system plan on March 24. To see the staff memo and draft letter to Sound Transit, go to the agenda page of the City's website and click on Current Agendas “March 15, 2016 Kirkland City Council Meeting.” To watch the City Council’s deliberation, go to Watch Council Meetings and select the March 15, 2016 meeting video after March 15.
For specific questions on the City’s efforts regarding ST3, please email ST3questions@kirklandwa.gov or call 425-587-3800. For more information about the ST3 ballot, go to www.soundtransit3.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon! Stairs and bicycle runnel at NE 68th Street and the CKC
Another new connection is nearing completion along the CKC. Located on a school walk route to Lakeview Elementary School, this NE 68th Street connection enables children to cross this busy arterial via the CKC bridge and enter the school campus on the north end of the campus. The concrete steps and runnel (a V-shaped wheeling ramp to push a bike) are complete and the connection will be opened by the end of the month, after the hand rails are installed. Check out photos on the CKC Facebook page.
Coming soon! New CKC trail map
Since the opening of the Interim Trail in January of 2015, community volunteers, businesses, and city crews have created or improved thirteen trail connections. That makes a total of twenty five trail connections (with the on street connections built with the interim trail) on the 5.75 miles of City owned trail. With all these new trail connections and because we have nearly run out of the first edition of the trail map, it is time to publish a new map. This time, the trail map will be enlarged and posted on the trail as a form of wayfinding. This means the old trail signs used for the construction updates during the Interim Trail will be replaced with new improved signs designed more specifically for trail users. Watch for the signs to appear along the trail later this spring. For more information, contact Kari Page at Kpage@kirklandwa.gov or call 425-587-3011.
CKC land survey is available online
With the talk of transit on the CKC, several residents have asked for the land survey showing boundary lines between the CKC and private property owners. The land survey, done shortly before the City purchased the property, is now posted online.
Snohomish County to buy 12 miles of the Eastside Rail Corridor
The Port of Seattle, current owner of the section of the Eastside Rail Corridor between Snohomish and Woodinville, agreed on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 to the $3.5 million sale following the Snohomish Council’s approval on Monday. According to the HeraldNet article, freight operations will continue on the former BNSF Railway line. The county hopes to develop a parallel recreation trail that would connect to the Centennial Trail in Snohomish to King County's regional trail system. There is also talk of commuter service and tourist trains sometime in the future.
Brown Bag March 28, 12 p.m., City Hall
The next brown bag lunch will be at noon on Monday, March 28 in the Kirkland City Hall, Rose Hill Room. The group will review and discuss the draft system plan released by the Sound Transit Board on March 24. The City will be looking for input on how best to bring the Kirkland community together around the ST3 ballot this fall. The brown bag lunch is also a great way to get information about upcoming projects and plans on the CKC and to provide input on issues important to you. Brown Bag lunches are open to the public. For more information contact Kari Page at email@example.com or 425-587-3011.
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