Mayor says Kirkland laid the ground work for the vision of the Rose Hill Gateway
Commuters, business-operators and residents have been enjoying the renewed 85th Street corridor since the City of Kirkland completed it in December.
Today, the community celebrated the corridor’s renewal with a speech from Mayor Amy Walen and a Washington state-shaped plaque from the Washington’s Transportation Improvement Board.
Honda of Kirkland hosted the event on its auxiliary lot.
The ribbon-cutting celebrates the implementation of a vision Kirkland’s residents, businesses and city leaders first articulated more than a decade ago during the comprehensive planning process. That vision described an eastern gateway to the city, called the Rose Hill Gateway. It would feature wide sidewalks with elegant street lights and hand-rails and a boulevard-feel to the arterial. The Rose Hill Gateway, then called State Route 908, would continue to be Kirkland’s most important connection to Redmond. But it would also connect Kirkland’s North and South Rose Hill neighborhoods.
“This investment has paid off,” Walen said. “It’s a crucial economic district where we can shop in Kirkland and a regional connection for us to get to and from work in our neighboring cities and beyond.”
The improvements have accomplished several other objectives, as well. With a new system of turn-lanes, traffic signals and reconfigured intersections at 114th, 124th and 132nd avenues northeast, it is improving traffic flow along the entire corridor. Its new 24-inch water main ensures that Kirkland’s residents will continue to have access to clean and safe drinking water. And its new stormwater system helps prevent flooding.
Combined, these coordinated tasks represent the most complicated and ambitious project the City of Kirkland has ever accomplished to date.