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All Things Cross Kirkland Corridor Oct/Nov 2015 Update

November 10, 2015

City hosts Nov. 19 Community Update and Open House on High Capacity Transit; Sound Transit 3 candidate projects

The City of Kirkland is experiencing and forecasting continued growth in commercial and residential development, similar to growth throughout the Puget Sound Region. As more people choose Kirkland as their home or work place, traffic will increase. Mobility options for the City and region must be considered, which is why Kirkland officials are actively engaged in Sound Transit’s process to develop a ballot measure for Sound Transit 3 (ST3).

The City has particular interest in three “Candidate Projects” (PDF) that might be included in the ST3 ballot measure coming to the region’s voters, including Kirkland, in November 2016.

  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the Express Toll Lane on I-405 (ST 3 Candidate Project E-02)
  • Light Rail Transit between Totem Lake area and Bellevue on the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC), with a connection to Issaquah (ST 3 Candidate Project E-03)]
  • Bus Rapid Transit on the ERC between Totem Lake and Bellevue (ST 3 Candidate Project E-06)
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the City is hosting an Open House and Community Update at the Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Avenue) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions about high capacity transit from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A formal presentation by City officials on high capacity transit in Kirkland will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

For more background information, visit the City of Kirkland ST3 information webpage and the Nov. 9, 2015 update.

Imagine Art on the CKC: Help inspire art on the CKC, Nov. 16 event

The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission invites you to a conversation imagining art on the Cross Kirkland Corridor.  Please join the Commission and Guy Michaelsen, Principal of the Berger partnership to learn about creative placemaking and help inspire art on the Corridor. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 16, 2015 from 5:30–7:30 pm at Arete (450 Central Way, Kirkland, WA, 98033). Please RSVP to the event.

Holiday Happening: Musical Lights Festival, December 4, 5–6:30p.m. with show starting at 5:30 p.m.

New to the holiday happenings in Kirkland is a family evening on the Cross Kirkland Corridor at the Google Campus where you will be “wowed” by a wonderful light show synchronized to sounds of the season. A perfect start to your holiday season! See you on the CKC for the kick off on December 4 at 5 p.m. Check the CKC webpage soon for more information.

Plans for rail removal on the Eastside Rail Corridor

King County is considering a major next step toward achieving the multiple-use vision for the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC).  In the coming weeks the King County Council approved a County Executive-proposed plan to remove the rails from County-owned segments of the ERC. The legislation calls for a phased approach to removing the rails over almost 15 miles of the ERC. Design and permitting would begin in early 2016, and removal of rails from the south end of the CKC south to Renton would begin in early 2017 and be complete by mid-2017.  Removal of rails from the north end of the CKC north to Woodinville and then the Redmond Spur would begin at the end of 2017 and be completed by mid-2018. The County is also working closely with the City of Bellevue to explore construction of an interim trail on the railbed between 108th NE and SR 520 once the rails are removed there. For more information, contact David St. John. Visit the King County ERC web site to learn more about King County’s Master Plan for the ERC.

Houghton/Everest Shopping Center bridge and trail connection

The bridge and trail connection are currently in construction and expected to be complete in November (weather permitting). Wetland mitigation is being done through a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) mitigation program at no cost to the City. Invasive plant material will be removed after the bridge installation with final planting (of more than 200 plants) scheduled for late this year or early spring of 2016.

Connection from 116th Avenue NE in the Highlands Neighborhood to the CKC

The Highlands Neighborhood has finished rebuilding the stairs from the north end of 116th Avenue NE to the trail along the south side of the CKC. The bridge linking the trail to the CKC was completed by city crews in October. The finishing touch (steps from the bridge to the upper trail) was finished this week.

CKC Trail Use Maps: Have you gotten yours yet

Have you checked out the new CKC Interim Trail, Parks, Facilities and Trail Guide? Use this map to explore Kirkland and the many parks and recreational features just footsteps from the Cross Kirkland Corridor. New trail connections are being made in 2015, so check back in early 2016 for an updated map. For a printed version of the map, send a request with your name and address to Kari Page or call 425-587-3011.

Next Brown Bag Lunch: November 30

The next brown bag lunch will be at noon on Monday, November 30 in the Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers. The group will review and discuss Sound Transit’s candidate projects on the CKC. The brown bag lunch is a great way to get information about upcoming projects and plans on the CKC and to provide input on issues important to you. Brown Bag lunches are open to the public. For more information contact Kari Page or call 425-587-3011.

Write a review on TripAdvisor

Join others who have such wonderful compliments of the Cross Kirkland Corridor posted on TripAdvisor. From the home page, select “Write a Review,” select “Attraction,” type in Cross Kirkland Corridor and enter your experience.

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