Juanita Dr NE Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements


Project overview 

This Juanita Dr NE Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements project is one of several included in the City of Kenmore's Walkways and Waterways program, an improvement bond measure that was approved by Kenmore voters in 2016. Construction is expected to start as soon as July 6, 2020 and finish at the end of 2021. This project will include: 

  • 1.5 miles of new sidewalk and landscaping on the east side of Juanita Dr from 143rd St to NE 170th St 
  • Buffered bicycle lanes in each direction 
  • Bus stop improvements 
  • Improved street lighting 
  • A new storm drainage system 
  • Minor traffic signal modifications 

For more information, check out our factsheet.  

Project map

Map showing three construction projects: 68th Avenue NE Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Project on 68th Avenue NE between NE 182nd Street 61st Place NE; West Sammamish River Bridge Replacement Project on 68th Avenue NE between NE 170th Street and NE 175th Street; and the Juanita Drive NE Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Project on Juanita Drive NE between the City of Kirkland limit and NE 170th Street.
City of Kenmore construction projects in the Juanita Dr NE / 68th Ave NE corridor.

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Current construction activity:

  • The City has determined this project is essential and work will continue as planned.

  • Construction is currently focused on drainage installation, grading and intermittent water work between NE 170th St and NE 153rd Pl.

  • Crews continue work on retaining wall construction on Juanita Dr between NE 153rd Pl and NE 155th Pl. This work will require Juanita Dr to be CLOSED TO TRAFFIC between these streets starting March 24 through mid-May 2021. Drivers should use follow signs for detour routes, find alternate routes like Simonds Rd NE when possible, and expect lenghty delays.
  • Intermittent water relocation work is onging, concurrently with the City’s construction contract through an interlocal agreement with Northshore Utility District.

  • Traffic safety:
    • Please drive safely and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway and construction crews nearby.
    • Cyclists should take care, be mindful of steel plates in the roadway, observe flaggers and merge into traffic flow through the work zone.

    • Motorists are advised not to block side street intersections when vehicle back-ups occur.

General construction activity overview:

  • The work zone includes both east and west sides of Juanita Dr NE between NE 170th and NE 143rd streets.

  • Typical workdays are Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM. Mobilization and some light work will occur before and after work hours.

  • Occasional weekend work between 9 AM and 5 PM.

  • During construction, the roadway will be reduced to one lane of travel within the work zone, controlled by flaggers. Lanes may be restricted from 7 AM to 4 PM.

  • Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained throughout the construction zone.

  • Bicyclists should use extreme caution and obey speed limits when sharing the roadway with vehicular traffic and be aware of steel plates covering work trenches.

  • Vehicle access to properties will be maintained during construction.

Key turn lane changes on Juanita:

The project will add designated left turn pocket lanes at several locations along the corridor, including 165th, 163rd, 158th streets and into several multifamily buildings.

However, vehicles will no longer be able to make a left turn into NE 155th Pl while driving southbound on Juanita Dr NE or southbound onto Juanita Dr NE from NE 155th Pl, as is possible today. NE 155th Pl will be limited to right-in, right-out turning movements only. This is due to the high frequency of accidents and reduced sight distance because of the “S” curve at that section of Juanita Dr NE. 

After the project is complete, a raised curb will be installed along the centerline to prohibit these left turn movement (however emergency vehicles will be able to mount the curb, if needed). All vehicles will be required to make the southbound left at the signalized intersection of NE 153rd Pl and Juanita Dr NE.

New left turn lanes on Juanita Dr NE (click image to enlarge)