King County hosts open house to preview safety improvements for 100th Avenue NE in North Juanita

The King County Road Services Division is hosting an open house to preview its plans to make safety improvements next summer on 100th Avenue Northeast in the North Juanita area. The open house will be held:

Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 6-8 p.m.

Juanita Elementary School commons

9635 N.E. 132nd St., Kirkland

The county’s project focuses on the stretch of roadway between Northeast 132nd Street and Northeast 138th Place. This segment has been identified as a high-accident road segment since 1996, due to frequent collisions between vehicles on100th Avenue Northeast and vehicles entering or exiting driveways. The Road Services Division previously installed right-turn-only signs on problem driveways in an effort to reduce accidents, but it did not significantly reduce the collisions.

The project scheduled for next summer will include constructing a combination of medians and left-turn pockets to replace the existing two-way left-turn lane. The goal is to reduce driveway collisions, while allowing vehicle access into and out of the businesses along 100th Avenue. It will be funded by a $500,000 grant from the High Risk Rural Roads Program.

This segment of road currently falls within unincorporated King County, but will be annexed to Kirkland in June 2011. The county obtained the funding for the project prior to the annexation vote and will complete the work.

Division staff will be available at the open house to answer questions. For more information, contact Community Relations Planner Marnie McGrath at (206) 684-1142, or email her: marnie.mcgrath@kingcounty.gov. You can also send an email to sign up for project updates.