The current trail is “interim” because the CKC master plan calls for future improvements such as paving and other amenities that will be installed as funding becomes available. The master plan also includes the possibility of future high-capacity transit and existing and future regional utilities on the corridor (Sound Transit, Puget Sound Energy, and King County Wastewater own easements).
The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) interim trail is a ten-foot-wide, 5.75-mile crushed gravel trail that runs from the South Kirkland Park & Ride, at the City's southern boundary, north through the Totem Lake Business District. It’s part of the 42-mile Eastside Rail Corridor, which runs from Renton to Snohomish. The Kirkland trail opened in early 2015 and is popular with walkers, joggers, and bike riders. It connects users to schools, parks, eight of the city's 13 neighborhoods, two of its major transportation hubs, and three business districts. The CKC embodies Kirkland’s vision of being a walkable, livable, connected, and sustainable community.
Low-clearance Bridge at Kirkland Way
The City of Kirkland is currently considering a series of solutions to the low clearance of the Cross Kirkland Corridor bridge that crosses over Kirkland Way. Staff members are currently evaluating the following alternatives:
- Active Warning System – Provide equipment and signage on Kirkland Way and Ninth Street for three approaches to the bridge that would detect over-height vehicles and then alert drivers using variable message signage and flashing beacons.
- Passive Warning System – Provide additional signage on all approaches with signage on Kirkland Way including flashing beacons that would always be on to draw attention to the signage.
- Sacrificial Beam – Install sacrificial beam designed to withstand similar impacts to what the bridge has endured to protect existing bridge structure from future damage.
- Replace Existing Bridge with Prefabricated Bridge that Provides More Clearance – Demo existing bridge and replace with prefabricated steel or concrete bridge that will support pedestrians, bicyclists, as well as maintenance and public safety vehicles. The new bridge structure would take advantage of the existing bridge abutments.
- Over-height Vehicle Detour Route Signs and All-Way Stop – Install low bridge detour signage on each approach on Kirkland Way, as well as all-way stop control at Kirkland Way, Railroad Avenue and Ninth Street, and designate a five mile-per-hour speed limit.
All of these options have a combination of significant costs and/or impacts to traffic operations, which staff is currently evaluating. These options will be brought forward during the upcoming Capital Improvement Plan update and evaluated against other competing project funding needs.
Kirkland’s Public Works Department maintains the Corridor. Maintenance tasks include litter removal, refilling mutt mitt dispensers, graffiti patrol, invasive plant removal, trimming vegetation, and repairing trail and fence damage. Waste Management maintains the garbage receptacles.
Please report any trail damage or maintenance issues via the Our Kirkland
See you on the CKC!