Park Lane Progress: to re-open soon

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A striping crew applies the finishing touches Feb. 26 to Park Lane’s center median near the transit center on Third Street. The two-man crew repainted angular parking stalls as well. King County could re-open the street by the middle of March—at the latest, said King County spokesperson Heidi Sowell. The new asphalt surface, which crews laid on top of the road’s previously existing base, will provide two-way transportation until the end of 2014—at the earliest. Starting next winter, the City of Kirkland will be transforming both blocks of Park Lane into a plaza-style street, with the walking surfaces and the drive surfaces all on one level. Rather than using curbs and sidewalks, the street’s design will capitalize on bollards, trees, and surface textures to separate drivers from walkers.