July 28, 2008 · Updated 2:45 PM
Kenmore moves ahead with projects along SR 522
The city of Kenmore activated a new traffic signal July 25 at the intersection of State Route 522 and 77th Court Northeast in Kenmore to provide safer access into Kenmore Lanes and Kenmore Square businesses. The city also added crosswalks in the area to provide bicycle and pedestrian access across SR 522 from the newly renovated Burke-Gilman Trail and across 77th Court Northeast. The traffic signal has been synchronized with other signals along the corridor to favor the heavier traffic volume on SR 522.
Construction crews have also removed sections of the median that separated the Speedy Mart, Kenmore Lanes and Kenmore Square parking lots to ensure easy access. Drivers leaving 77th Court Northeast will be able to turn both westbound and eastbound on SR 522. A new U-turn for vehicles traveling westbound on SR 522 will also be added at 77th Court Northeast later this year when the roadway medians have been constructed.
Visit www.KenmoreSR522.com for more information.
Firefighters douse burning excavators
Emergency response vehicles from the city of Bothell fire and E.M.S. and police departments responded to a fire July 23 at a construction site on the corner of 240th Street Southeast and Bothell-Everett Highway.
Crews found an excavator fully-engulfed in flames, and used fire-suppressing foam to extinguish the blaze. They put out a smaller fire on a second excavator using dry chemical extinguishers.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fires is under investigation.
Artists needed for Kenmore’s upcoming City Hall project
The City of Kenmore is seeking an artist to create site-specific work for its new City Hall. One percent of the city’s capital construction budgets goes toward the Public Art Fund.
The City Hall Public Art Committee has identified a zone in the future municipal facility for the artist’s work. The area includes the front entry, which is a covered outdoor terrace that will overlook a future plaza expansion, as well as the interior lobby space.
King County 4Culture will manage the selection process. Members from the Public Art Committee and two professional visual artists will recommend a winner to the City Council.
Applications are due no later than Aug. 11. For information or to apply, visit www.4culture.org/publicart/calls/default.asp.