WSDOT meeting and March 20, 2024 Highland General Meeting minutes

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Mar 23, 2024, 12:07:29 PMMar 23
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Community Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 26

You’re Invited! I-405/NE 85th Street Interchange & Inline BRT Station Project virtual project update meeting on March 26 from 12-1:30 p.m. 

Join representatives from WSDOT, Graham, Sound Transit, and City of Kirkland for our next I-405/NE 85th Street Interchange and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station Construction Project quarterly update meeting.  

Meeting information 

At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, hear about upcoming construction work, ask questions, and find out how to stay informed. WSDOT will hold this meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, March 26 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.  

Register here:    

Not able to make it? WSDOT will post a recording to the project webpage within one week after the meeting. Please feel free to register for the meeting even if you can’t attend, and WSDOT will email you the recording when it’s available. 


Highland Neighborhood General Meeting

  • Date: March 20, 2024
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Attendees: 11 residents in person, 3 via Zoom, 4 from WSDOT, 1 from Sound Transit, and Council Member John Tymczyszyn

Key Points:

1.    Communication on Noisy Construction: WSDOT committed to notifying residents in advance of noisy construction, lane closures, etc. This has been observed on Nextdoor.

2.    Traffic Noise: Despite studies indicating no significant increase in traffic noise, Council Member John Tymczyszyn acknowledged resident complaints and pledged to follow up with WSDOT to explore mitigation measures.

3.    Traffic Concerns:

·        Proposed improvements for signage on 85th St, especially for the left turn onto 405 North.

·        Discussion on synchronizing traffic lights in close together.

·        Suggestion for WSDOT construction workers to not park near the future PUDO and/or "no parking signs" to allow for increased traffic on NE 88th St.

·        Discussion on the right turn onto NE 85th St from the 405-south off-ramp, including concerns about bumps and lane markings.

4.    Council Member Updates:

·        Swimming pool status: No new pool due to failed bond and survey indicating low likelihood of a new bond passing. Consideration of a cover for the Peter Kirk pool.

   *Counil looking at other use for Houghton park and ride: Bike park/garden or two ice skating rinks.

·        New Transfer Station update.

·        Old Crescent Light store in Rose Hill to be developed into 250-300 townhomes.

·        Clarification: Google did not purchase Lee Johnson car dealer in Rose Hill.

·        No construction at La Quinta Inn (new homeless shelter).

5.    Meeting End: 8:45 PM.

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