In other items: Volunteers sought for planting event; neighbors pursuing annexation by city; and new public-works chief to start May 10.

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Rising steel prices worldwide and a longer wait to get the metal have prompted the King County Road Services Division to design a different look for a new Tolt Bridge over the Snoqualmie River.

An initial design for the replacement span called for a sparse look with steel-plate girders. Instead, the county will build a double-truss design similar to the look of other historic bridges in the region, with steel parts that are more readily available.

One truss will span wetlands on the river’s west side with supports outside the sensitive area. The second will connect to the first and span the river, also with supports on the river’s outer edge.

The new span will replace the 1922 structure on Northeast Tolt Hill Road between Highway 203 and West Snoqualmie River Road Northeast. The county says the old bridge has deteriorated and is increasingly expensive to maintain. Construction on the estimated $23 million project should begin in March.


Volunteers sought for planting event

The city is asking for volunteers to plant small trees and shrubs along a short section of 228th Avenue Northeast this weekend.

Those interested should plan to join Mayor Don Gerend and city staff members at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sammamish Children’s School parking lot, 207 228th Ave. N.E. The planting along the city’s signature boulevard will last until noon.

Volunteers should wear gloves, sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and should bring a shovel if possible. The city will provide hot drinks and snacks.

For more information, contact Lola Nelson-Mills at 425-836-7902.


Neighbors pursuing annexation by city

Some residents of a small unincorporated area have asked the Kirkland City Council to take the first step toward annexing their neighborhood.

At tonight’s meeting, the council will consider a proposal to support residents in moving forward with an annexation petition. Signatures are required from at least 60 percent of the residents in the approximately 2-acre neighborhood. The annexation would also need approval of the King County Boundary Review Board.

The cul-de-sac of eight homes in the Morningstar development is surrounded by the Juanita area of Kirkland, and it can be reached only by using city streets, said Eric Shields, Kirkland’s planning director. It could take about six months to complete the annexation, Shields said.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 123 Fifth Ave.


New public-works chief to start May 10

Kirkland City Manager David Ramsay yesterday announced the appointment of Daryl Grigsby as director of public works.

Grigsby will assume his new job, which pays $122,844 annually, on May 10. Grigsby is currently the director of the Water and Land Resources Division for King County and has more than 20 years of experience in the management and administration of transportation, water, sewer and stormwater programs and operations.

Grigsby, who lives in Kirkland, also has served as director of Seattle’s Transportation Department and as director of King County’s Water Pollution Control Department.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau