UPDATES & INFORMATION
SIXTH STREET TRAFFIC SIGNALS
Update (Sept. 11, 2018) The contractor has rescheduled the five day closure to 7:00 a.m. Sept. 24 thru 5:00 a.m. Sept. 29. Detours are shown on this map. View the Project Street Closure Notice for more information.
(Aug. 22, 2018) -- A strike this week by the International Operating Engineer’s Union, Local 302, has stalled progress on the ongoing project to install a new four-way traffic signal project at Kirkland Way and Sixth Street South.
The strike will delay until September or October the 24-hour, five-day-long closure of Sixth Street South’s intersection with Kirkland Way. That closure will allow Johansen Construction, Kirkland’s contractor, to complete what could have been a month-long job—replacing the asphalt pavement with concrete pavement and installing the bases for the traffic signal towers—in four or five 24-hour shifts.
“Johansen Construction has been preparing for the four-way traffic signal since June and, as a result of the strike, is now working with City of Kirkland staff to re-schedule the closure for a time that maximizes the contractor’s efficiency while minimizing its effect on traffic,” said Kirkland Public Works Director Kathy Brown. “That’s a tough task. And we appreciate our residents’ patience as we work though this issue.”
Plan set: Kirkland Way & Sixth Street South
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Plan set: Ninth Avenue South & Sixth Street (PDF 2 MB)
CONTACT: Laura Drake, Project Engineer, (425) 587-3833, email@example.com; or Christian Knight, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org and (425) 587-3831.
: A project aimed at managing Sixth Street South’s traffic congestion with a pair of four-way traffic signals begins May 29, 2018. Contracted crews will install traffic signals at Sixth Street South’s intersections with Kirkland Way and Ninth Avenue South. At Sixth Street and Kirkland Way, the City will reconfigure the intersection to better accommodate buses’ turning-radii and reconstruct it with concrete. Concrete is more durable than asphalt pavement and thus, more capable of withstanding the heavier-than-normal traffic loads buses impose on the intersection’s surface. Construction on the Kirkland Way intersection should last four to six months and will require a five-day closure of the intersection, starting at 7 a.m., Aug. 9 to 5 a.m., Aug. 13.
: The City of Kirkland will upgrade in 2018 the water and sewer mains along Sixth Street South. The sewer main upgrade will stretch 950 feet, from Northeast 68th Street to the north side of Eighth Avenue South. The water main upgrade is between Northeast 68th Street and Fifth Avenue South.
PAVING SIXTH STREET: The last of these projects will be to repave Sixth Street South, which Kirkland will do after it has upgraded the Sixth Street water main, between Fifth Avenue and Northeast 68th Street as well as the sewer main between Eighth Avenue South and Northeast 68th Street.
: These four projects are part of a long-term effort to prepare the Everest and Houghton neighborhoods for the public's increasing use of Sixth Street. Along with the Cross Kirkland Corridor, these projects provide for all primary transportation modes: walking, bicycling, driving and riding transit. They also ensure that residents continue to have access to clean drinking water and sewage treatment. The thumbnail on the right links to a map that illustrates these projects.
May/June 2018: Patching sections of Sixth Street South
May - November 2018: Install four-way traffic signals at Sixth Street South's intersection with Kirkland Way and Ninth Avenue South
August 2018 - February 2019: Upgrade water and sewer mains beneath Sixth Street South
June 2019 - October 2019: Upgrade curb, gutter and sidewalk access ramps they are out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and pave Sixth Street South