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Transportation Project Evaluation

  How do we pick the projects that we build?

The City of Kirkland receives a number of requests every year to provide improvements to the existing non-motorized transportation system. Requested improvements primarily include new sidewalks or pathways, but also include crosswalks, bike lanes, and even bridges/overpasses at significant barriers such as I-405 or the existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad line. In an effort to prioritize all of the requested improvements that are competing for a limited amount of funding, in 1995 the Kirkland City Council created a seven member citizen committee to look at how projects could be prioritized.

The citizen ("Ad-hoc") committee collected existing City prioritization processes, other agency processes, and the City's Comprehensive plan in an effort to assemble a thorough method that could be used by Public Works staff. After a number of meetings over roughly six-month timeframe, the Ad-hoc committee created the Transportation Project Evaluation Form and presented their recommendations to the City Council. The form was adopted by the City Council and beginning in 1996, was used by staff to prioritize transportation projects for the City's Capital Improvement Program.

The Transportation Project Evaluation Form contains the basic values that were envisioned in the City's Comprehensive plan. Values incorporated into the form for each proposed project include:

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Fiscal - What is the City's ability to leverage funding with other sources? Can grants be secured to extend the City's "purchasing" power?

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Plan Consistency - How does the project compare with existing neighborhood or regional plans?

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Neighborhood Integrity - What are the impacts that this project will have on the neighborhood that it is proposed for?

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Transportation Connections - Will the proposed project fit into the network of the transportation system on a local/regional level? Are there nearby attractions that be served by this proposed project?

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Multimodal - How does this project encourage alternate (non single occupancy vehicle) forms of transportation?

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Safety - What are the existing conditions as compared to the improvements proposed by the project?

Based on the individual characteristics of a given project, as well as the proposed scope of the project, a total value is assigned to the project. This total value is then able to be compared with other proposed projects (see Non-Capacity Evaluation Summary) and systematically considered in the City's Capital Improvement Program.

Transportation Project Evaluation Form (PDF File)
2007 Non-Capacity Evaluation Summary- (PDF File)

Please direct comments or questions via e-mail, phone or in writing to:
Dave Snider, P.E., Capital Projects Manager
Department of Public Works
123 Fifth Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033-6189
Phone: (425) 587-3832  
dsnider@kirklandwa.gov

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