Advisory: No access allowed on sections of Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail under construction

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The City of Kirkland is asking that users of the Cross Kirkland Corridor(CKC) stay off the sections currently under construction in order to help expedite the completion of the Interim Trail.  The trail is currently closed from 120th Avenue NE in Totem Lake all the way south to 108th Avenue NE in Bellevue. 

Kirkland’s Interim Trail Contractor, Rodarte Construction, Inc. (Auburn, WA), has heavy equipment on the Corridor at intersections where pedestrian road crossing improvements are being made and along the Corridor where fencing is being installed for safety and protection of sensitive areas. The City appreciates that the Corridor is a popular place to run, walk and ride a bicycle but asks that users please refrain from using the closed portions of the Corridor so that the contractor can make the improvements as efficiently as possible.

The construction schedule shows southern portions of the CKC Interim Trail being completed in December 2014 and final improvements being made to the northern sections in January 2015.

While the city and the contractor have been working diligently to complete the project, delays in procuring some critical items have led the city to allow the contractor to extend their work-zone resulting in a larger area of the corridor being subjected to construction closure.  This allowance will support the contractor in continuing their work efforts and allow for completion of the project as soon as possible.

Weather can impact the actual days the contractor can work and, depending on the weather, once all safety improvements are made some sections of the CKC will be opened before the end of the year.

The Interim Trail, which extends 5.75 miles from 108th Avenue NE (south end) to 132nd Avenue NE (north end), will feature all-weather new crushed gravel surface within the existing rail bed (rails & ties removed).  The trail will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with improvements including removal of all tracks, added signage, and Rapid Flashing Beacon (RFB) crosswalk devices at the following road crossings:

·         132nd Avenue NE

·         128th Avenue NE

·         124th Avenue NE

·         NE 112Street th

·         NE 110Street th

·         NE 87Street th

·         Kirkland Way

·         6Street th South

·         108th Avenue NE

·         NE 52Street nd

Railing or fencing will be installed where required for safety and/or to protect sensitive areas.  Modifications to existing railroad trestles will also be made, as required, for pedestrian passage.

Project updates will be posted to the Cross Kirkland Corridor webpage,www.kirklandwa.gov/crosskirklandcorridor, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/crosskirklandcorridor, and the City’s Twitter account, www.twitter.com/kirklandgov. Contact Kari Page, CKC Coordinator, at 425-587-3011 or kpage@kirklandwa.gov with specific questions.