|The City of Kirkland is preparing seven sections of Kirkland's more traveled roads to be resurfaced later this summer. Six of those sections are illustrated in the map, above. The other arterial Kirkland will resurface this summer is Lake Washington Boulevard, from Lakeview Drive to 10th Avenue South.
The 2012 Streets Levy doubled the number of arterial lane miles Kirkland resurfaces each year to 10, empowering the City to
resurface all of its 180 arterial lane miles by the year 2032. This accelerated maintenance program is vital for the function of Kirkland’s more traveled roads, which are under constant stress.
That stress had reduced by 2012 the collective conditions of Kirkland’s more traveled roads to 57.4 on the Pavement Condition Index.
Roads with Pavement Condition Index scores near 30 require total reconstruction, which costs taxpayers $65,000 per City block. The City of Kirkland rarely reconstructs roads due to that expense.
Overlay, by contrast, costs taxpayers roughly $16,000 per City block—about 25 percent of the costs of reconstruction. However, overlay is only a viable treatment option for arterials in good conditions—that is roads with Pavement Condition Index scores near 70.
Kirkland’s 20-year goal for the Pavement Condition Index of its arterial and collector street network is 70.
Caring for your infrastructure to keep Kirkland healthy, safe and vibrant.