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Transportation Infrastructure Grants Pave the Way for Better Roads and Sidewalks in Totem Lake

Contact: Christian Knight
Public Works

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland was awarded two grants from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board in November to upgrade roads and sidewalks in the Totem Lake Urban Center. The grants include $4.83 million to fund improvements to Totem Lake Boulevard, 120th Avenue Northeast and Totem Lake Way, often considered the “Gateway” to the Totem Lake urban center, and $275,000 for a sidewalk project on the west side of 124th Avenue Northeast that will link the North Rose Hill neighborhood to Totem Lake.

The infrastructure improvements to the Totem Lake Gateway will restore sections of roadway and add wider sidewalks along with lighting to complement the pedestrian plazas and walkways created by the new shopping development, The Village at Totem Lake. Kirkland’s engineers expect to finish design by summer 2018 with work commencing once the construction of Village at Totem Lake is completed. 

The most intensive area of work will be on Totem Lake Boulevard, just south of Totem Lake Park. There, crews will remove the existing roadway, as well as 900 feet of narrow sidewalk, replace the 40-year-old retaining wall, the sidewalk and then rebuild the road. The project’s last major task is to repave Totem Lake Boulevard, from Northeast 124th Street to Northeast 128th Street, plus sections of 120th Avenue Northeast. 

“These grants are a boon for the rejuvenation of our Totem Lake urban center,” said Mayor Amy Walen. “Totem Lake is undergoing its most significant improvements since original construction of the Mall, and the surrounding road and sidewalk improvements will help us keep our infrastructure dependable.” 

Totem Lake is Kirkland's designated Urban Center, as defined by the Washington State Growth Management Act. As such, the City of Kirkland has adopted land use and zoning policies to encourage residential and commercial growth in this urban center, which are set forth in Kirkland’s Comprehensive Plan