Totem Lake Flood Control Work Begins August 12

The City of Kirkland and King County may be closing one of the two southbound lanes on Totem Lake Boulevard during construction hours for the next few weeks as they work to enact flood control measures in advance of the fall and winter rain.

Project Overview:   The City of Kirkland in collaboration with King County Road Maintenance Crews will be addressing two drainage problems on Totem Lake Boulevard adjacent to Totem Lake Mall.   Maintenance crews will remove sediment blocking the flow of water within the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) right of way drainage channel.  Crews will also remove vegetation and debris that has accumulated in the stream’s settling pond at the edge of the Totem Lake Mall parking lot.  See vicinity map below.


Why:   The Totem Lake area has experienced a number of flood events during the fall and winter months over the past few years.  Development in the basin, natural erosion, and surface water runoff, combined with the growth of vegetation are restricting the stream’s natural flow.  The City has been required to close roads in the vicinity of Totem Lake due to flooding in the area.   In response to these issues, a City sponsored Capital Improvement Project was developed with the majority of funding provided by the King County Flood Control Zone District’s Sub-Regional Opportunity Fund.


When:   Construction activity is expected to begin Friday, August 12 and be complete by the end of August. Typical hours of operation are Monday-Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm.    


What to Expect:  The following outlines some basic construction practices you can expect.


Traffic control:  One of the two southbound lanes on Totem Lake Boulevard  may be closed during construction hours.  There may be inconvenience associated with driving through the work zone; traffic control and flagging operations may be in effect.


Emergency vehicle access:  Access for emergency vehicles  will be maintained throughout the construction process.


Once again, thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we make improvements to the Totem Lake Neighborhood.   If you have any questions, please contact Noel Hupprich. 


Noel Hupprich                                                                                

Project Engineer