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Category 1 - Urban Highways: Freeway or Expressways

Honorable Mention

Interstate 405 Corridor Program:
Kirkland Nickel Stage 1 Widening Project

Kirkland, Washington

Photo of Forbes Creek, which was enhanced during the project.Photo of the community side of noise wall with a stone pattern finish.Photo of the Kirkland Context Sensitive Solutions committee reviewing preference sheets for wall finishes.

This design-build project includes one new lane in each direction, three wetland restoration sites, an improved fish-passable culvert at Forbes Creek, and a widened NE 116th Street bridge structure. Drivers traveling through Kirkland, Washington headed to work, school, or play, are getting there quicker and with greater safety along I-405. This project is part of a comprehensive, 30-year Master Plan for I-405 that engaged citizens and leaders from the 15 cities directly served by the corridor. This type of collaboration was accomplished by effectively reaching people in the communities and letting them know how this part of the project would impact them. Underlying project goals were to leave the environment better than before the project started by going above and beyond to minimize impacts to the natural environment.

Designer: HNTB Corporations, Bellevue, WA
Contractor: Kiewit Construction, Renton, WA
Owner: Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA

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Updated: 04/08/2011

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