The Kirkland Nickel Stage 1 Project is WSDOT's first step toward completing the comprehensive plan to decrease I-405 congestion and improve commutes through the corridor.
WSDOT will begin constructing the Kirkland Nickel Stage 2 project in 2009 as an element of the larger SR 520 to I-5 Widening Project. Stage 2 will add a lane northbound from 70th to 85th and southbound from SR 522 to NE 124th and NE 85th to SR 520.
By adding new lanes between NE 85th and NE 124th Streets, WSDOT is improving merging conditions from NE 85th Street to northbound I-405 and from NE 116th Street to southbound I-405. Improved traffic flow helps reduce rear-end and side-swipe accidents which make up the largest percentage of collisions on I-405.
Improves traffic flow in the area known as the "Kirkland Crawl" and improves merging from NE 85th Street to northbound I-405 and from NE 116th Street to southbound I-405.
| Protects Environment
Improved fish passage under I-405 at Forbes Creek, wetlands near I-405 at Forbes Lake, and constructed three new noise walls.
Partnerships & Cooperation
With the passage of a Nickel gas tax, the I-405 project moved forward to review and implement the Kirkland Nickel Stage 1 project. Learn more about the environmental improvements (pdf 216 kb) for the Kirkland Nickel Stage 1 Project.
This project did not affect tribal reservations lands. The I-405 Corridor Program works closely with tribes throughout the environmental process to
ensure that the project avoids or minimizes any effects on
archaeological sites, tribal traditional cultural properties, and natural resources.
|Financial Data for PIN 840561A
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
I-405 Project Team Office
600 - 108th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
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