Juanita Drive Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

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Current conditions

Juanita Drive Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements

Current Status:

2017-19: Design / Permitting / Right-of-Way
2020-21: Construction


Project Update 12-9-2019:

Design of the Juanita Drive NE Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvement project is nearing completion.  Advertisement for bids is scheduled to be released in March 2020, with project construction anticipated to begin in May 2020 and last through the summer of 2021. In advance of construction, in the first quarter of 2020 franchise utilities including PSE Electric, PSE Gas, Comcast and Frontier will be relocating the portions of their infrastructure that are in conflict with the designed improvements. Services may be temporarily impacted during utility relocations, and each utility is responsible for notifying their customers of potential disruptions. Inquiries during the utility relocation process should be directed to the utility providers. On January 29, 2020, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at a public open house for the West Sammamish Bridge Replacement project, the Juanita Drive NE design team will also be available to answer questions related to design and schedule of the Juanita Drive NE Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvement project. Residents who live along the corridor between NE 170th Street and the south city limit are encouraged to attend the open house to see how these project improvements may affect their property frontage within the public right-of-way. 



The Juanita Drive NE Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements project is part of The Walkways & Waterways voter-approved bond measure, and the result of the City’s “Imagine Kenmore” public outreach initiative. Kenmore residents confirmed that safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists and connecting residents with the City’s public open space and waterfront are top priorities.


Project Description:

Juanita Drive NE is an existing minor arterial roadway with mostly one travel lane in each direction and asphalt shoulders.  The posted speed is 35 mph.  Up to 250 bicycles and 15,000 vehicles use this corridor daily.  Over the past 3 years, there have been 57 reported accidents within the project limits, of which 5 involved a pedestrian or cyclist including 1 pedestrian fatality.  The roadway contains several geometric deficiencies including lack of continuous sidewalks and bicycle lanes, substandard horizontal and vertical curves, and excessive super-elevation. 


This safety project extends from NE 143rd Street to NE 170th Street and consists of the following features: 

  • New sidewalk and landscaped amenity zone on the east side of the roadway;
  • Buffered bicycle lanes in each direction;
  • Bus stop improvements;
  • Road widening for turn pockets at select locations

Artist's Rendering after Improvements

  • Retaining walls;
  • Road reconstruction in areas with asphalt overlay;
  • New stormwater infrastructure;
  • Improved street lighting and;
  • Traffic signal modifications and utility relocation as needed.  



The project is fully funded with a budget of $16.4 Million.  Secured funding sources are identified below.  


W&W Bond Measure

 $         5,000,000.00

WSDOT Ped/Bike Safety Grant-Design

 $            525,100.00

Department of Ecology

 $         1,457,250.00

WSDOT Ped/Bike Safety Grant-Construction

 $         2,000,000.00

Sound Transit System Access Funds

 $         1,500,000.00

City Real Estate Excise Tax

 $         1,200,000.00

City Traffic Impact Fees

 $         3,791,547.00

City Strategic Opportunities Fund

 $            902,450.00 

Last updated: Tue, 05/05/2020 - 10:24am