Walkways and Waterways Improvements Begin with Soil and Pavement Sampling on Juanita Drive April 6 and 7
On Thursday and Friday a drilling crew will be on-site taking soil and pavement samples along Juanita Drive between NE 143rd Street and NE 170th Street. This temporary work is for the voter-approved Walkways and Waterways Improvements and will inform the design for safety improvements. Minimal traffic delays are expected.
The schedule of activities is as follows:
On Thursday, April 6, crews will take soil samples along the roadway shoulder between the hours of 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. This work will require shoulder closures and construction personnel will be on-site to guide pedestrians through the work zone.
On Friday, April 7, traffic will be reduced to one lane using flaggers at several locations throughout the day between non-peak commuting hours (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) to take pavement samples in the roadway.
The planned pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements along Juanita Drive include new sidewalks and buffered bike lanes from the Kirkland city limit north to 170th Street/Simonds Road. Supplementary improvements include road widening at certain segments, and adding or extending selected left turn lanes.
The City has selected and is under contract with an engineering firm to design the Juanita Drive improvements. The project is still in the early design phase. These Juanita Drive improvements will likely be built between 2020 and 2023.
Other voter-approved Walkways and Waterways projects being planned are new sidewalks and buffered bike lanes along 68th Ave NE from downtown north to the Snohomish County line, and waterfront access improvements and natural open space restoration at Log Boom, Rhododendron, and Squire’s Landing parks.
Pedestrian and cyclist safety is a City priority. The City is committed to its Target Zero goal of achieving zero pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries by 2025 through project improvements such as safer walkways and bicycle routes, education and enforcement.
For more information on the Walkways and Waterways projects, visit www.kenmorewa.gov/WalkwaysandWaterways_Projects.
For more information on Target Zero, visit www.kenmorewa.gov/TargetZero.