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Design team for Totem Lake Connector Bridge seeks more input

Residents are capitalizing on the opportunity to help shape the bridge’s look through a pair of online surveys

Christian Knight
Public Works/Capital Improvement Program
(425) 587-3831

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The team of architects and engineers currently designing the Totem Lake Connector bridge is asking Kirkland’s residents to pick their favorite concepts by completing a one-question survey, which asks them to rank the appeal of five sketched depictions of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge.

The survey expires at the end of March. The resulting data will be added to the votes residents cast during a March 16 open house and will help the design team cut the options from five to three.

The design team started with 11 basic concepts for the bridge, but eliminated six of them during a feasibility analysis.

This is the second survey conducted by the Totem Lake Connector design team. The first survey, which is 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 remaining five concepts are:

5 choices for totem lake connector

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.

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