Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan

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The Master Plan outlines the community’s vision for the trail, and will be used to guide development of the trail as well as transit and utility alignment. The plan also includes the location of access points, types and locations of amenities, and how road crossings and mixing zones are handled. The Master Plan was adopted by the City Council in June 2014.

View CKC Master Plan (ISSUU, interactive web version)
View CKC Master Plan(PDF, 71MB)

Goals of the Master Plan

The Master Plan has four goals:

  1. Connect Kirkland
  2. Foster a greener Kirkland
  3. Shape a place unique to Kirkland 
  4. Activate Kirkland and evolve over time

Master Plan Character Zones

The Master Plan divides the corridor into nine distinct geographic regions or “Character Zones” each with unique attributes and opportunities for growth and development. Potential projects are not funded yet, but they provide a vision for the community to work toward in the future.

For more information about the Master Plan Character Zones, read Understanding the Corridor(PDF, 15MB).

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Implementation and Funding

The master plan will be implemented as funding becomes available. At the time of the adoption of the master plan, the estimated cost to build out the entire master plan, including the pedestrian/bicycle bridge across NE 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard, was $63-$79 million. Top priority projects included:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle bridge over NE 124th Street/Totem Lake Boulevard
  • Pedestrian and bicycle bridge to connect the CKC to the South Kirkland Park & Ride
  • NE 52nd Street sidewalk connection between 108th Avenue NE and Lake Washington Boulevard
  • Additional trail connection improvements at: 2nd Avenue, Railroad Avenue from Everest Park, 111th Avenue NE, and Forbes Creek Drive
  • Willows Road connection to the Redmond Central Connection 

Zoning and Commercial Opportunities

The Cross Kirkland Corridor connects Kirkland(PDF, 3MB). The light industrial warehouses along the Corridor are being repurposed for uses as varied as high tech offices, pubs and restaurants, advanced manufacturing, and indoor recreational centers. Zoning changes will allow mixed-use residential as well. As of 2014, there were more than 1,800 businesses with more than 18,000 employees within 2,000 feet of the corridor. Imagine employees bicycling or walking to work, or children walking from home to school and after-school activities. Imagine your business along the Corridor. For information about zoning and business opportunities, contact Deputy Planning Director Jeremy McMahon (JMcmahon@kirklandwa.gov; 425-587-3229).

Art on the Corridor

Art on the Corridor (separate webpage)

Building off the CKC Master Plan, the Cultural Arts Commission has lead efforts to imagine how art in a variety of forms including performance, interactive, ephemeral and permanent, can be incorporated into the Corridor experience with the creation of the Cross Kirkland Corridor Art Integration Plan(PDF, 8MB). Share your ideas about art on the Corridor by emailing arts@kirklandwa.gov. Stay updated on public participation opportunities by visiting the Cultural Arts Commission page or signing up for the Kirkland Arts E-bulletin.

History of the Corridor

Learn about the history of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, a former railroad line that was active for over a century, from 1904 to 2008.