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NE 85th St Improvements

This map shows the water main installation progress of Kirkland's contractor.
Click on the thumbnail above and below for full-sized PDFs.
This timeline shows water main installation beginning in September and continuing to January, storm drain, sidewalk, curb and gutter construction beginning in January and ending in August and the installation of street lighting starting in March and finis

Johansen crews fill and pave on Dec. 2 a trench they had excavated to install 24-inch water main near 131st Avenue Northeast.

Update (June 11) -- The City of Kirkland is advising Northeast 85th Street commuters to plan for increased traffic congestion throughout the next several months, as contracted work crews complete an array of tasks contributing to the Northeast 85th Street Corridor Improvements project.

Residents in the Highlands neighborhood may experience low water pressure—beginning at 7 a.m. on June 18 and ending mid-morning the next day. The lower-Click on this thumbnail to read Project Updatethan-normal water pressure will result from the transfer of water service from 85th Street’s old water main to its new 24-inch water main.

“The Water Division is asking customers in this area to limit their water use to essential needs during this timeframe,” said Greg Neumann, Kirkland’s water division manager. “We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.”

Installation of the 85th Street water main will continue until the second week of July. By that point, Kirkland’s contractor will have connected the new water main to the 16 lateral service lines, which convey water to homes and businesses north of Northeast 85th Street. This will mark the end of water main installation.

And it will allow Kirkland’s Northeast 85th Street Improvements contractor to finish the sidewalks, driveways, curbs, gutters and stormwater system on 85th Street’s north side. Johansen Excavating has finished approximately 80 percent of that work so far. To finish the rest, however, Johansen must first complete the stormwater system, which will be located where the existing 16-inch water main is now. Once crews decommission those remaining sections of the 16-inch water main they will be able to finish installing the north side’s sidewalk, curb, gutters and stormwater system.

In the meantime, Johansen continues making progress. Its day crews moved to the south side of 85th June 9 where they are removing old sidewalk, curb and gutter. Johansen expects to finish that task by the second week of July and to finish reconstructing the sidewalk, curb and gutter later in the summer.

(May 14) -- Northeast 85th Street’s businesses met May 12 to discuss the future travel lanes of the renewed arterial, the schedule of upcoming work and the repaving project that will follow this fall.

Business representatives urged the project staff to repave the road at night. They also requested more space for automobiles to enter driveways and more “Business Open” signs.

These signs are especially important, the business representatives said, while Johansen Excavating’s crews continue for the next two weeks building the north side’s sidewalks and driveways. Johansen expects to begin in two weeks building the south side’s sidewalks, driveways, curbs and gutters.

Johansen continues to purify the 24-inch water main it installed from Interstate 405 to 132nd Avenue Northeast. It will continue throughout the next month to connect the water main to all of the lateral and service lines that convey water to homes and businesses.  

Why: The Northeast 85th Street improvements will improve traffic flow, enhance walkability, stimulate the local economy and encourage private redevelopment.

Project Overview:  The Northeast 85th Street Corridor Improvements are a direct result of a collaborative community planning effort with the Rose Hill Business District businesses, property owners, neighborhood residents, Sound Transit, and the City of Kirkland.  The improvements provide a series of coordinated streetscape facilities to minimize traffic delays; enable pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, transit riders and others to have a safe and pleasant experience; and, to develop a comprehensive transportation system to stimulate economic vitality and redevelopment.  The projects include:
Underground Powerlines: 

  • Convert aerial utility lines to underground system along Northeast 85th Street from 120th to 128th Avenue Northeast.
  • Install conduit underground for future utility conversion along Northeast 85th Street from 128th Avenue Northeast to 132nd Avenue Northeast


  • Sidewalk on both sides of 124th Avenue NE between NE 80th Street and NE 90th Street
  • Complete sidewalk on both sides of NE 85th Street between 120th Avenue NE and 132nd Avenue NE
  • Install landscape strips with trees, pedestrian lighting and street lighting on both sides of NE 85th Street


  • Add Intelligent Transportation System elements at each signalized intersection to coordinate signal timing along the corridor and create a pathway for connection to future Traffic Control Center
  • Complete:  Install additional southbound 114th Avenue NE to eastbound NE 85th Street left turn lane
  • Install channelization island for future eastbound NE 85th Street to northbound 124th Avenue NE left turn lane
  • Add northbound 132nd Avenue to eastbound NE 85th Street right turn lane
  • Re-stripe southbound to eastbound left turn lane to increase vehicle storage length

Water Main:

  • Replace the 50 year old water main along the full length of NE 85th Street from I-405 to 132nd Avenue NE. 

  Detention/Sediment Control:                       

  • Provide water quality treatment for surface water within NE 85th Street sub-basin from approximately 126th Avenue to 132nd Avenue NE

Street Resurfacing:

  • Resurface Northeast 85th Street Corridor


The planned schedule may change and will be updated regularly.
Water main installation: September 2014 - January 2015
Storm drain construction: January 2015 - August 2015
Sidewalk, curb, gutter and wall (south side): January 2015 - April 2015
Sidewalk, curb, gutter and wall (north side): April 2015 - July 2015
Street lights (south side): February 2015 - May 2015
Street lights (north side): April 2015 - August 2015
Technology upgrades to traffic signals: February 2015 - June 2015
Replacing traffic signals: June 2015 - July 2015
Repaving Northeast 85th Street: Fall 2015

Upgrade to intersection at 114th and 85th
124th Avenue sidewalks
Undergrounding of utility wires

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