Kirkland extends closure of 99th Place to Jan. 6

Emergency stormwater repair slowed by excessive groundwater, saturated soil, and complicated utilities


The City of Kirkland will maintain through Jan. 6 its closure of Juanita’s 99th Place Northeast as emergency work crews continue their repairs of a collapsed stormwater pipe. 

The detour route will remain in effect and the 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. work schedule will continue thru Jan. 6, 2015. The contractor will not work on New Year’s Day. 

Johansen Excavating, Kirkland’s emergency repair contractor, had originally expected to finish replacing the damaged stormwater system by the end of the year. Progress, however, has been hampered by saturated soil, excessive groundwater, and a network of complicated underground utilities to work around.

Johansen will be removing three Cottonwood trees, as well as part of the sidewalk on the east side of 99th Place Northeast. It will also excavate a deep trench in the roadway. 

The clay pipe collapsed earlier in December and, as a result, flooded a few homes.