Here is an update on several projects taking place throughout Kirkland:
120TH STREET EXTENSION
The 120th Street road extension is on pace for completion by November, says Kirkland’s project engineer Aparna Kharnal. Contracted work crews began this week building the street’s sidewalks, curbs and gutters. They also began installing crosswalk signals and other pedestrian amenities, including the protective handrails on the retaining wall at the project’s eastern-most end.
Sanders General Construction will begin paving the road’s new surface in October, depending on the weather.
NORTHEAST 85TH STREET
Kirkland’s 85th Street improvements contractor installed more than 360 feet of water main since Monday night. Johansen Excavating’s crews have installed 800 feet of water main since they began installing the 24-inch pipe near the Interstate 405 overpass on Sept. 15. Johansen expects to reach the intersection with 120th Avenue Northeast by the end of this week and to reach 132nd Avenue Northeast—the water main’s east end—by December. Kirkland’s contractor expects to connect the water main to the service lines and to test it in January.
Starting in January, the contractor will begin a series of other corridor improvements, such as building the street’s new curbs, gutters and sidewalks, as well as repairing and replacing its storm drain system. The project will also add an east-bound turn lane to 132nd Avenue Northeast, and upgrade traffic signals to include Intelligent Transportation Technology. Johansen Excavating is on track to finish the entire project by the end of next summer. In mid-summer 2015, the city will have contracted with an asphalt overlay contractor to provide an all new asphalt surface with that work expected to be complete by fall 2015.
132nd Avenue Northeast will be the last arterial to receive a new surface this year. Kirkland’s overlay contractor is currently preparing it—from Northeast 100th Street to Northeast 113th Street—for a new surface. Work crews will likely apply and pave that new surface during the next three- or four-day window of dry weather. Meanwhile, the City’s project team has notified city leaders that it has postponed until spring 2015 the repaving of Lake Washington Boulevard. The reason: weather-delays in this summer’s construction schedule delayed the possible completion of the boulevard to November and past the prime asphalt overlay construction window.
Kirkland’s striping contractor finished restriping 80 miles of streets this month, including 150 parking stalls, and 850 crosswalks. Specialized Pavement Marking was also able to repaint nearly two and-a-half miles of red curbs, which was added to the original contract. By doing some limited work at night, the contractor was able to finish ahead of schedule. This resulted in overall project inspection and management cost savings, which allowed, in-part, for the addition of the red curb painting.
The Park Lane project team is nearing completion on the design for this downtown street connecting the Kirkland Transit Center to the waterfront. The team plans to advertise for contractor bids by mid-October. Construction on the one-level, pedestrian-friendly, plaza-style street begins January 2015 and will end in spring. The project will improve walkability throughout downtown while also helping to protect Lake Washington through the addition of significant surface water management and treatment facilities.
SEVENTH AVENUE SOUTH UTILITIES
Kar-Vel Construction began work last week to upgrade sewer, stormwater and water utilities along Seventh Avenue South. Workers are beginning the project by replacing the aging sewer main. Stormwater improvements are next, followed by replacement of the water main. Next summer, the City of Kirkland will repave the street from the Google campus to State Street.