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.
Current construction activity
The City has determined that this project is essential and work will continue as planned.
Construction began on July 6, 2020. The contractor is currently mobilizing equipment and is site preparation continues.
Pre-construction utility relocation work continues in the Juanita corridor and will be on-going through the end of July 2020. Please note that utility work is anticipated on Saturdays to stay on schedule. Utility relocations include Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Electric, PSE Gas, Comcast and Frontier. Periodic lane closures will be implemented as needed to safely conduct the work.
Planned water and sanitary sewer relocations will be completed later, concurrently with the City’s construction contract through an interlocal agreement with Northshore Utility District.
General construction activity overview
The work zone includes both east and west sides of Juanita Dr NE between NE 143rd and NE 170th 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 lanesat several locations along the corridorincluding 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, araised 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.