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Open House for 124th Ave NE Project Rescheduled for March 12

Totem Lake Project Will Include Improvements for Walking, Bicycling and Driving

 

Kirkland, Washington – An open house on Tuesday, March 12, will offer the public an early look at how a five-lane 124th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 116th and 124th streets, will better accommodate driving, walking and bicycling.

Previously scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, the open house was postponed due to unsafe driving conditions caused by the recent snow storm. The March 12 open house takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center (11750 NE 118th Street) in Totem Lake. An online open house is currently underway. During the open house community members can view concepts for the corridor and provide feedback on them.

Kirkland’s staff and consulting engineers have, since January 2018, been re-designing the three-lane roadway into a five-lane roadway that features sidewalk-level bicycle lanes and wide sidewalks.

The new 124th Avenue Northeast will also feature more accessible bus stops, and improved street lighting and landscaping. Kirkland’s staff expects to complete the design by the end of 2019 and to begin construction in 2021 once all right-of-way acquisition is completed and previously awarded construction funding becomes available.

 The 124th Avenue Northeast road-widening is one of three projects City of Kirkland staff and consulting engineers are managing for the arterial’s corridor. Other projects include sidewalk improvements between Northeast 90th and 113th streets, which begins construction in February, and a project to add a left turn-lane for northbound drivers intending to turn west at the Northeast 116th Street intersection. It will be one of the first projects that Kirkland will use to begin defining the Totem Lake Circulator. The Circulator is the City’s plan to establish a walking, bicycling and transit-riding route that connects all four of the Totem Lake Neighborhood’s quadrants.

The Totem Lake Gateway project will also establish a portion of the Circulator at Totem Lake Boulevard by rebuilding the roadway and wide sidewalks.

Visit http://www.kirklandwa.gov/124thavenue or contact Senior Project Engineer Aparna Khanal, akhanal@kirklandwa.gov, (425) 587-3827 or Christian Knight, outreach, cknight@kirklandwa.gov, (425) 587-3831.