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It’s a valuable connection for Redmond and King County alike and is a public roadway intended to be used by all.
Opening this connection provides travel options and improves overall system circulation.
Traffic calming features will be installed before opening the road. These include:
The original three-phase plan to install traffic calming features and open the gate has been condensed. All traffic calming features of phases one and two will be installed prior to opening the road. The gate will be removed to make space for the construction of traffic calming features, but temporary barriers will block the road until construction is complete.
King County and Redmond have agreed to install all the traffic-calming features before opening the gate. The timing for installing the traffic signal at the intersection of 162nd Place NE and NE 124th Street is still being determined. Funding for the traffic signal is not yet available.
The City of Redmond is continually working to implement traffic calming across the City. This project is a priority because it will be a new connection, and the City wants to minimize cut-through traffic and reduce speeding.
No, the roadway is designed to be narrow. The narrow roadway is a traffic-calming feature designed to keep speeds down, and it is wide enough to accommodate all types of vehicles.
It is expected to reduce volumes on NE 116th Street and 162nd Place NE through volume redistribution.
King County will coordinate with Redmond on design and installation throughout the project.
Lane lines and traffic delineators will be installed to help separate vehicles from pedestrians and cyclists north of the gate. Traffic calming features along the corridor are designed to reduce speeds for motor vehicles. South of the gate, sidewalks will help separate pedestrians from vehicles, and north of the gate, the roadway is wide and has ample room for cyclists and pedestrians to use the shoulder outside the driving lanes.
Once the roadway is opened, the City will request that Redmond Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office frequent the area. City staff will also observe the driving behaviors and conduct several traffic speed and volume studies over the next few years. If you witness dangerous or illegal behavior, please report it to law enforcement. Call 425-556-2500 to report non-emergencies to Redmond Police. During an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Lighting will be added at the intersection of 172nd Avenue NE and NE 124th Street, at the speed cushions and at the intersection of 172nd Avenue NE and NE 126th Place.
Traffic calming features, including roadway channelization to separate bikes and pedestrians from vehicles, will be installed prior to opening the road.
Redmond and King County will be partnering together throughout this project. The specific responsibilities for construction are still being worked out.
Yes, the driveway entrance to Smith Wood Park is for utility access, and a new driveway entrance will be constructed.
The City of Redmond has the authority to make changes on city streets and can make changes on King County roads with permission from the county.
The 2019 North South Study was used in earlier planning for this project. New traffic counts were conducted in May 2023. The more recent North South Corridor Study uses updated traffic volumes when calculating the projected volumes on the north side of the gate.
We will review the traffic circle at 172nd Avenue NE and NE 112th Way for potential improvements. Otherwise, the installations are effective at keeping speeds down for most vehicles.
The City of Redmond has only provided one traffic count number for 172nd Ave NE. We do not know where these other numbers have come from. Based on the recently drafted North-South Corridor Study, the projected number of trips north of the gate is projected to be 3,285 in the year 2030, with traffic measures installed.
Normally, only City Council and Planning Commission meetings are recorded. Most boards, commissions, and other public meetings are not recorded.
Traffic counts like the one conducted earlier this year count the number of vehicles, their speed, and direction at the point on the road where the measurements were taken. Traffic models use traffic counts as inputs and are meant to calculate predicted traffic volumes. Evaluation refers to observing and measuring volumes to determine if actual traffic volumes are less than, more than, or equal to their predicted amount.
This location is outside the City of Redmond limits. Please contact King County for more information.
They support the removal and agree that response time will be reduced with this connection.
The Pavement Management Program prioritizes which roads receive improvements.
The money for traffic calming features in this project comes from the City of Redmond General Fund. The Budget for all traffic calming features to be built is $880,000. With the City crews constructing the traffic circles, the installations are expected to cost $250,000. The traffic signal will require upwards of $1,000,000, which will include work on 162 Place NE. King County and the City of Redmond are discussing how to fund the traffic signal.
When the neighborhood was built, King County Road Standards did not include adding sidewalks. Given the size of the lots in the neighborhood, they would still not be included if built today.
The City of Redmond and King County will be working together to ensure that all the traffic calming features on the 172nd Avenue NE corridor, north of the gate, are installed before opening the gate. The timing for installing the traffic signal at the intersection of 162nd Place NE and NE 124th Street is still being determined. Funding for the traffic signal is not yet available.
Lighting will be added at the intersection of 172nd Avenue NE and NE 124th Street. King County and Redmond are in discussions about also funding lighting at the speed cushions and at the intersection of 172nd Avenue NE and NE 126th Place.
The Monticello Watershed will not be affected by the addition of traffic calming on this route or the removal of the gate. https://www.letsconnectredmond.com/monticello/maps/monticello-creek-watershed-map