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All Things Cross Kirkland Corridor
February 2014

The response to this monthly update has been great! Thank you to those who attended the first Brown Bag, to all of you who liked us on Facebook, and to J. Palmer, local business owner and CKC and Seahawks fan for decorating the sign at the north of the trail in honor of the team playing in the Super Bowl. There are many things happening in February on the Master Plan and the Interim Trail.

These monthly updates will be posted to the CKC webpage and emailed to CKC list serve subscribers (all 850+ of you!) If you have a topic you’re interested in, please send it to  

Monthly Brown Bag Series: See you February 24

Over 25 people gathered around a table to talk with CKC Team members about the CKC Master Plan and the Interim Trail. Staff presented information about the development permit process being created to review projects along the Corridor and shared the latest about the SRM Development improvements on the CKC. The next Brown Bag will be on Monday, Feb. 24, 12-1 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers. Email with items you’d like to discuss.

Your Ideas Are Being Realized

You love the Corridor as much as we do and have given us great ideas to work with. Thanks to the work of the City, schools, and community partners, new connections to the Corridor are being made:

  • SRM Development (property owners of Google) has offered to construct a temporary trail from the CKC to Lakeview Elementary School. A permanent trail is included in SRM’s plans as part of the Google campus construction expansion scheduled to be complete by June 2015. 
  • Volunteers, Rotary Club members, and the City’s Parks Department teamed up to build steps from Terrace Park up to the Corridor. Check them out – next to the basketball court. 
  • The Highlands Neighborhood Association will be using its Neighborhood Matching Grant funds to install two wayfinding signs directing pedestrians to the Corridor. Look for the signs at the top of 100th Street stairs in Cotton Hill Park and on the Corridor directing users to Crestwoods Park. 
  • Bicycle runnels (bicycle wheel trough) are to be constructed by volunteers along the newly installed steps that connect the Corridor to Crestwoods Park (south end)

Interim Trail

Construction of the interim trail is expected to begin in June with anticipated completion in late October 2014. Construction is anticipated to start at the south end and move north.

On February 13, 2014,as part of the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process, the Kirkland Planning Department issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) for the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail project. The decision will be published in the Seattle Times on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The deadline to offer comments or appeal the decision is 5 p.m., February 28, 2014. For further information on the application and decision you may contact the Planning Department at 425.587.3235.

For news about the Interim Trail construction schedule, read the Feb. 18 memo to the City Council which will be posted online by Friday, Feb. 14.

Master Plan Update

Based upon community input, the Master Plan is now showing parallel trails everywhere, except in segments where there are specific reasons to have a single shared use trail. For example, in the area between the NE 68th Street bridge and the 6th Street crossing, there are several relatively closely spaced intersections and trail connections. The parallel trails would have come together at these points so splitting the trail and rejoining it over a short distance doesn’t make sense. However, as design is proceeding for the corridor adjacent to the Google campus,(that part of the corridor is being built by the developer) we have found a way for a parallel walkway to be included. The other major area where the Plan shows a single shared use path is between the southern end of the warehouse buildings in Totem Lake (south of NE 112th Street) and NE 124th Street. This area is still being studied; the northern part is likely to stay as a single shared use trail, again due to the closely spaced street crossings. An update on the CKC Master Plan was presented to the City Council on Feb. 4, 2014. (Staff Memo PDF) (Meeting Video tv_camera)

Future updates to the City Council on Master Plan are scheduled for April 1 and May 20; final adoption is expected at the June 17 City Council meeting.

The CKC Update that was scheduled during the Regular Meeting on Feb. 4 was moved to Feb. 18. View the staff memo. (PDF) 

Community Forum: Feb. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Please attend the Community Forum scheduled for Thursday, Feb., 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue. There will be two presentations on the Master Plan one at 5 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. Information on the draft Park, Recreation & Open Space Plan will also be available.

Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Committee

The Master Plan was presented to the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) Regional Advisory Council (RAC) on Feb. 12. The RAC was created by King County to coordinate development of the ERC to assure that each of the ERC owners (Redmond, Kirkland, Sound Transit, King County, PSE) could exercise their rights within the Corridor even though they would be developing their facilities at different points in time. Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen represents Kirkland on the ERC RAC.

Advanced Transportation Symposium: Region of Boom!

City leaders explored advanced transportation concepts with leaders and innovators at the Advanced Transportation Symposium -21st Century Suburban Mobility Solutions held on Feb. 8 at the Google campus. Could Kirkland become the Region of Boom? Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett thinks so. Advanced Transportation Networks such as Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and Group Rapid Transit (GRT) alternatives were presented from experts all over the world. To view the video from the Symposium, the slideshows from the various panels and to read the biographies of the presenters, go to the CKC webpage. 

Parking on the Corridor

This month, staff will begin an outreach process to notify businesses and employees of upcoming parking restrictions on the CKC near 128th Lane NE in Totem Lake. As construction of the Interim Trail approaches, the need to address this parking problem will become imminent.

Interesting Historical Links

Staff discovered some interesting images and video about the Northern Pacific Rail Road.
  • Train Derailment near Google site (1966)   8mm movieexternal link icon    Photos external link icon(of derailment & more)
  • Kirkland Train Depot (1940) Photo external link icon

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Published 02.14.14