Construction starts on I-90 Undercrossing
May 5, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 3:10 p.m. May 5, 2010
Construction started Monday on the long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a road link meant to alleviate traffic congestion on Front Street North and state Route 900.
Expect lane restrictions along Northwest Gilman Boulevard from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. May 10-14 as crews conduct utility work.
The undercrossing will link Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 56th Street via a two-lane roadway built from the traffic signal at the post office.
In March, the City Council awarded a $1.46 million contract to a Kirkland company, MidMountain Contractors, to build the connector and a 12-inch water line. The project includes curb and gutter work, installation of sidewalks and traffic signals, and landscaping.
The city counts on the undercrossing to remove about 2,000 to 4,000 vehicles from Northwest Gilman Boulevard and 3,000 to 6,000 from Front Street North each day. Gilman Boulevard handles 29,000 vehicles per day; Front Street handles 49,000.