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. This image has been modified to illustrate the shared-use lane now under construction.
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Update (July 8, 2017) -- Construction crews are now implementing a series of improvements that will make walking and bicycling along Juanita Drive safer and more efficient. Kirkland’s contractor, Road Construction Northwest, is creating or improving crosswalks with rapid flashing beacons at 93rd Avenue Northeast, Northeast 143rd Street and Northeast 138th Street, near Big Finn Hill Park. Road Construction Northwest is widening a few sections of Juanita Drive to accommodate the uphill bicycle and pedestrians lane and widening the sidewalk along the west side of 98th Avenue Northeast. The Quick Wins project will also create an eastbound to northbound refuge pocket from Northeast 138th Place onto Juanita Drive. These improvements are the quickest and most cost-effective ways to improve safety along Juanita Drive. The full plan for Juanita Drive will ultimately include more than 30 projects.
Quick Wins explainer
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Juanita Drive Corridor Study
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The Juanita Drive Quick Wins project includes 10 major 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 shared-use lane 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