The Skipping Stone was the favorite of the public and the City Council. Click on this map to see the detour route around Totem Lake Boulevard.
UPDATES & INFORMATION
Update (July 21, 2020) -- To earn a $1.5 million grant from the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Kirkland City Council rejected in June all of the bids contractors’ submitted for an opportunity to build the Totem Lake Connector pedestrian and bicycle bridge.
City staff will re-advertise the project in August or September to prospective contractors.
Rejecting the bids and re-advertising the project allows Kirkland to accept the grant and implement several federal requirements into the bridge project’s specifications, such as ensuring that 11 percent of the construction bid by cost goes to businesses that are owned by women or people of color and providing 2,400 hours of training aimed at developing trainees to journeyman status.
The contractor that wins the bid could begin preparing the site—Cross Kirkland’s Corridor’s intersection with Northeast 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard—as early as December.
During the first six months of the bridge’s two-year construction process, Kirkland’s contractor will be acquiring materials—mainly steel—to build the bridge and piece it together. The contractor will do much of this off-site.
Read the Project Digest to learn about other ongoing and upcoming capital construction projects in Kirkland (PDF 3 MB)
A short film discussing the role of the Totem Lake Connector
What to consider when building a bridge to Totem Lake Park (PDF 17.9 MB)
Type, Size, and Location Study
Appendix A - 10% Drawings
Appendix B - Cost Estimate
Appendix C - Basis of Design
Appendix D - Geotechnical Bore Logs
Appendix E - Wetland Delineation
Appendix F - Area of Potential Effects
Appendix G - Hazardous Materials Report
Appendix H - Level of Service + Bridge Width
Appendix I - Public Outreach - Display Boards
Appendix J - Arborist Survey
Appendix K - Stopping Sight Distance
Appendix L - Utilities
Appendix M - Alignment Studies
For more information, contact Christian Knight, outreach at (425) 587-3831, firstname.lastname@example.org or Aaron McDonald, senior project engineer, at (425) 587-3837, email@example.com
WHAT IS THE TOTEM LAKE CONNECTOR?
The Totem Lake Connector will be a bicycle and pedestrian bridge, that will connect the two ends of the 5.75-mile Cross Kirkland Corridor currently severed by one of Kirkland’s most complicated intersections: Totem Lake Boulevard and Northeast 124th Street.
WHY BUILD AN ICONIC BRIDGE?
The Totem Lake Connector is one of a half-dozen public infrastructure projects that prepares Kirkland's only urban center for the way community members will live, work and play in the future.
When complete in 2019, the Village at Totem Lake will add more than 800 homes and nearly 400,000 square feet of retail space—enough for 2,000 employees—to Kirkland’s only urban center. These retail outlets alone are expected to generate an additional 24,000 trips every day—most of them by automobile, which will apply even more pressure to Totem Lake’s traffic grid.
This is just one of several Totem Lake development projects already in process.
More than half of the 2,500 new homes planned for Totem Lake by 2035 are already in the construction process—they have already received permits, are under review or are in construction.
To prepare for this growth, the City of Kirkland is providing a series of transportation solutions that will give people more options over how they navigate the urban center.
Foremost among these options is the Totem Lake Connector bicycle and pedestrian bridge, which will connect the two ends of the 5.75-mile Cross Kirkland Corridor currently severed by one of Kirkland’s most complicated intersections: Totem Lake Boulevard and Northeast 124th Street.
As it is now, the intersection creates a premature dead-end to the Cross Kirkland Corridor on the south side of the intersection severing it from the mall and an orphaned quarter-mile section of trail on its north side.
But the bridge will connect these two ends, linking Kirkland to the mall and in the process, make possible an alternative transportation corridor that will extend from Renton to Woodinville.
Kirkland is also building sidewalks along 124th Avenue Northeast, upgrading traffic signals to intelligent transportation systems technology and continuing to create more connections to the Cross Kirkland Corridor.
This is the Totem Lake transportation strategy residents have reaffirmed they want in multiple City planning documents. That includes the 2035 Comprehensive Plan update, the Transportation Master Plan, the Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan and Totem Lake Park Master Plan. The Totem Lake Connector is also the largest infrastructure investment proposed in the City’s interactive “Suggest a Project.” That internet-based system has accumulated more than 500 transportation-related suggestions. Eighty percent of those suggestions ask for projects that would protect residents from cars, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and traffic calming devices.
The design for the Totem Lake Connector is being funded primarily from transportation impact fees on new development.
Mid-December 2019 - February 2020: Kirkland job order contractor relocates a 24-inch sewer main to prevent a conflict with Totem Lake Connector's future alignment.
March 2020 - August 2020: Kirkland's prospective Totem Lake Connector contractor acquires materials for construction of Totem Lake Connector.
August 2020 - August 2022: Kirkland's Totem Lake Connector contractor builds Totem Lake Connector.