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Totem Lake Connector

This pdf shows the five bridge concepts currently under consideration.
Click on the above image to read the full description of each bridge concept, then rank your preferences at

TOTEM-BRIDGE-video-logoUpdate (March 20, 2017) -- The team of architects and engineers currently designing the Totem Lake Connector bridge is asking Kirkland’s residents to pick the ones they like most by completing a one-question survey that asks them to rank—in order of their preference—five sketched concepts for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge.

The survey expires at the end of March.
The resulting data will be added to the scores of votes residents already cast during the March 16 open house.
This is the second survey conducted by the Totem Lake Connector design team. The first survey—still active—asks residents to rank the importance of bridge features, such as mountain views, separated travel lanes, street and park connections and places to sit and relax.
The results from both of these surveys to influence the bridge’s style.     
The design team started with 11 basic concepts for the bridge, but by determining how feasible each of those 11 concepts would be, the design team was able to eliminate six of them.

The five concepts included in the more recent survey are illustrated and described on the graphic at the top of this page. They include:

1.) Connective Ribbon: A ribbon-like bridge with integrated art in the form of text--poetry--and/or a pattern, which can be illuminated at night. The ribbon can descend to the traffic island while the bridge deck continues with transparent railing, creating an unexpected opening at the bridge deck, above the island, where a sculptural form stands.
2.) The Gates: A memorable procession of structure celebrating the arrival of the Cross Kirkland Corridor trail to Totem Lake. The repetitive structure offers the economy of sculptural towers and an assisted girder span arrangement.
3.) Skipping Stone (Linking Lake Washington to Totem Lake): A fluid form, engaging the connection between Lake Washington and Totem Lake. The motion of a skipping stone toward Totem Lake expresses the connection between the community and nature.
4.) Half Arches: Offers a landmark form and expressive gesture of motion toward Totem Lake. Two "half-arch" spans step down toward the lake. Paired vertical elements create a series of portals, an exciting experience providing a sense of passage.
5.) Suspended Ring: A visual way-finding linkage through the new corridor and park areas that connects the community to nature. A special "droplet" portal within the cables supporting the "apparently hovering" loop ramp structure frames the view onto Totem Lake.

(March 7, 2017) -- Residents, commuters and stakeholders will get their first chance to evaluate several sketched concepts for the Totem Lake Connector bicycle and pedestrian bridge during a Thursday, March 16 open house at the Kirkland Justice Center. The drop-in event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.

At the open house, the design team will also be discussing a series of other  topics with the public, such as preferred bridge width, connectivity to roads and businesses, and what makes one bridge concept more attractive than the others. This discussion will influence the final design, which the City Council should decide by late spring.

Kirkland’s project team of engineers and architects has, since fall, been developing and exploring concepts for a bridge that will connect the two ends of the Cross Kirkland Corridor currently severed by Northeast 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard.

The development of these concepts is part of a process that will contribute to a final design which, among other benefits, can help make the bridge more competitive for state and federal grants.  Those grants will help pay for part of the bridge’s construction.

The March 16 open house is the second of three open houses the project team will host. At the third open house in May, the design team is planning on discussing the three or four preferred concepts that emerged from this process.  

More than 50 residents came to the first open house in early February to learn about the project and to offer their own perspectives by answering a short series of questions. Residents are continuing to provide their perspectives by taking the survey online.  

Without the bridge, getting from one side of the Cross Kirkland Corridor to the other just 200 feet away currently requires a willingness to navigate one of Kirkland’s most complicated intersections. For that reason, many people avoid the crossing, creating a premature dead-end to the Cross Kirkland Corridor.

“It’s difficult,” said Finn Hill resident Beriah Osorio “Too many lights. Too many intersections. Too many cars making left-hand turns; right-hand turns and not paying attention to you in the crosswalk.”

The bridge will resolve this problem, while connecting Totem Lake Park, and the new mall to the Cross Kirkland Corridor, a trail King County plans to extend into Woodinville’s wine country when it develops its own section of trail along the Eastside Rail Corridor.
For more information, visit or contact Christian Knight at (425) 587-3831,

Update (Feb. 8, 2017) -- Scores of Kirkland's residents and commuters attended the Feb. 2 open house for the Totem Lake Connector bridge. Attendees chatted with members of the project team, offered their own insights, viewed the draft of a short film about the project and completed a short survey

Kirkland's staff is still collecting those survey responses and will analyze them for more insights into the public's perspectives. 

The project team is planning the second of three open houses in spring. At that open house, the project team will be asking the public for feedback on a selection of visual concepts for the bridge. 

Update (Jan. 25, 2017) -- The public will get its first chance to learn about the Totem Lake Connector Bridge at an open house, which begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Kirkland Justice Center. The City of Kirkland is seeking feedback through a survey.

“This is really public’s chance to learn about the bridge’s background, its scope and some of the design challenges we are anticipating,” said Aaron McDonald, the City of Kirkland project engineer assigned to the bridge’s design.

The Feb. 2 open house will be the first of three the design team plans to host during the design process, which its members expect to complete by summer 2018.
“However, we will be reaching out to the public through a variety of forums,” McDonald said. “We’ll be using the project’s webpage to share information with the public and to glean feedback from the public.”

All of this will contribute to the design for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect the Totem Lake Urban Center and the two ends of the Cross Kirkland Corridor that are currently severed by Northeast 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard. Crossing the 230 feet to the other side now requires nearly four minutes in one of Kirkland’s busiest intersections. For that reason, many people avoid the crossing.

“It’s difficult,” said Finn Hill resident Beriah Osorio  “Too many lights. Too many intersections. Too many cars making left-hand turns; right-hand turns and not paying attention to you in the crosswalk.”

The bridge will take care of this problem, while connecting the Totem Lake Urban Center and the Cross Kirkland Corridor, which King County plans to extend along the Eastside Rail Corridor all the way to Woodinville’s wine country.

“We’ll make sure the engineering is sound,” said Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett. “We’ll make sure the bridge does its job. But to bring it to life, we really need the community’s input.”
Specifically, Kirkland’s leaders are asking the community to help them design a bridge that could serve as an icon and gateway of the city.

“We want to make this a special place in Kirkland,” Triplett said.

 For more information, contact Christian Knight, Neighborhood Services Coordinator at (425) 587-3831 or

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