NE 85th Street commuters should plan for construction impacts as year-long project begins
Water main construction starts Sept. 15; City offers several ways to get project updates
Drivers on Kirkland’s NE 85th Street can’t help but notice the orange traffic barrels placed along the road way in the Rose Hill Business District. The barrels signal the beginning of a one-year long construction project that starts in earnest with the installation of a 24-inch water main, which will run from the west side of the I-405 overpass to 132nd Avenue NE. City officials hope drivers will plan ahead for their commutes for the many more weeks and months of construction yet to come. Following the installation of the water main which is anticipated to be complete in six months, the next work will be to rebuild the corridor’s stormwater network of storm drains and stormwater vaults and then the installation of street lights and traffic signal upgrades.
Starting on Monday evening, September 15, 2014, the City’s contractor, Johansen Excavating, will begin digging a 10-foot-deep trench along the center turn-lane of NE 85th Street, beginning near the I-405 overpass and ending at 132nd Avenue NE. The major excavation and pipe-laying work will be performed during the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays Monday through Thursday.
To facilitate and complete the work in the most efficient manner, the three center lanes of the roadway’s existing five lanes will become the contractor’s work zone. Between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., the contractor will reopen two of the three lanes for the morning commute. Beginning at 9 a.m., the contractor will be allowed to close down one additional lane in order to have its work crews resurface the roadway and perform other needed work activities. The daytime resurfacing avoids the need to implement 24-hour road closures and is a cost- and time–saving measure intended to shorten the overall construction project time. Commuters are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes.