A cyclist rides north along Juanita Drive near Big Finn Hill Park in February 2016, where members of the Juanita Drive Quick Wins Project team discusses the location of a rapid flashing beacon and a crosswalk that would connect both ends of Big Finn Hill Park.
Update (Jan. 31, 2017) --
The Juanita Drive Quick Wins design team is nearing completion on the design of safety improvements along the Juanita Drive corridor. The project focuses on improving safety for people while they are riding bicycles and while they are walking. Construction will likely begin March 2017.
To create this design, the project team is engaging with stakeholders to determine how the project should separate bicycle lanes, create pedestrian crossings and keep automobiles in their respective lanes.
The project includes 10 improvements:
- Northeast 143rd Street, at Big Finn Hill Park and at 93rd Avenue Northeast.
- A refuge left-turn pocket at Northeast 138th Place
- Bike separation treatments at 83rd Avenue Northeast, Northeast 128th, 132nd and 138th streets.
- A bike box at the intersection of Juanita Drive and 98th Avenue Northeast
- Street lighting on Northeast 122nd Place
- Lane-detection devices for automobiles along the entire corridor
- Northbound bike lanes along the entire corridor to the city limits
- Sidewalk widening at north end of Old Market Trail
- A neighborhood sign
These improvements derived from a broad community engagement process, which resulted in the Juanita Drive Corridor Study. That study identified more than 30 specific ways--estimated to cost more than $20 million--to improve Juanita Drive's safety. The Quick Wins project is the first phase of the broader corridor study.
Summer 2016: Complete design
Spring 2017: Construct rapid flashing beacons
Summer 2017: Construct phase 2 improvements