Projects will improve safety and livability throughout the City
The City’s Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) is accepting ideas for projects that will improve the safety and livability in neighborhoods throughout the City. Kirkland residents are encouraged to submit their ideas through the Capital Improvement Projects “Suggest-a-Project” database which is found on the City of Kirkland website. Projects submitted through September, will be considered for the 2017 funding cycle. The NSP funds projects under $50,000, but all ideas are welcomed. The City reviews and responds to all suggestions and will notify those submitting projects if they meet the NSP parameters. All suggestions will be shared with the respective Neighborhood Association and posted on the City’s web site.
Each Neighborhood Association reviews projects at their monthly meetings and can select a maximum of two projects totaling less than $50,000. Project Coordinators are identified to work with the City through project completion.
The purpose of the Program is to reenergize Neighborhood Associations by empowering them to work collaboratively to identify, prioritize and address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in Kirkland neighborhoods.
The Program is funded by the voter approved 2012 Streets Levy ($150,000 per year) and City Council's Walkable Kirkland Initiative ($200,000 per year through 2020). Each year there is a total of $350,000 available for projects under $50,000. Projects fall into the following categories:
- Bicycle Facility: Bike lanes or trails.
- Crosswalks: New crosswalks, improved crosswalk ramps (ADA), crosswalk islands, and rapid flashing beacons.
- Intersection Improvement: Signage, parking, and pedestrian “bump outs.”
- Traffic Calming: Traffic islands, speed cushions, pedestrian “bump outs,” signage, and radar signs.
- Walkway/Sidewalk and Trail: Gravel trails, steps, curbs, traffic delineators, and sidewalks.
- Street Lighting: On existing utility poles or installing a light new pole.
Improvements are restricted to City property including streets, parks, community facilities, and the Cross Kirkland Corridor.