First Phase of Construction Begins on Kirkland’s 85th Street Corridor

Intersection improvements at 114th Avenue kick-off major project 

The City of Kirkland has begun one of its most ambitious capital projects ever – the NE 85th Street Corridor Project.  Construction has started at the west end of the corridor at NE 85th Street at 114th Avenue NE to build a second southbound-to-eastbound left turn lane and update traffic signal controller equipment. The entire NE 85th Street Corridor Project  will transform NE 85th Street from 120th Avenue NE to 132nd Avenue NE through a series of coordinated street improvements to reduce traffic congestion, increase capacity at key intersections, provide continuous sidewalks and landscape planter strips, underground overhead utility lines, and resurface and re-stripe the entire corridor.  Sound Transit has contributed funding for transit-related improvements.  Project information is available online at, via email by subscribing to the “Kirkland E-Mail Alerts,” or by calling the 24-hour construction hotline at 425-587-3838.


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Improvements at 114th Avenue and NE 85th involve one-lane road closures on 114th Avenue NE north as well as some lane closures on NE 85th Street.  Pedestrians and bicyclists will be accommodated; drivers, cyclists and walkers are encouraged to follow all signed detours and to use precautions when traveling in the vicinity.  Adjacent property owners will be notified in advance of any utility shut-offs.  Construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays.


Construction phases will be staggered to minimize traffic congestion and reduce construction impacts.  Later this summer Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Frontier Communications will begin relocating the poles along 124thAvenue NE in preparation for the installation of sidewalks on both sides of 124th Avenue NE (where there are none) between NE 80th and NE 90th Streets.  PSE will also be relocating power poles along the NE 85th Street in preparation for undergrounding power lines later this summer.  Temporary video detection is scheduled to be added at all of the intersections along NE 85th Street from 120th Avenue NE to 132nd Avenue NE in early September to streamline traffic flow during construction.


When all elements are complete, the NE 85th Street Corridor Project will improve over a mile of urban arterial corridor with pedestrian, traffic signal and capacity improvements.  For more information about this and other capital improvement projects (CIP) and to view an interactive CIP map, go to (Search: CIP).