KOMO News has reported on changes coming to Juanita Drive:
Major changes could be coming to a major Eastside thoroughfare.The city of Kirkland is studying the Juanita Drive corridor, and considering improvements to cyclist, pedestrian, and driver safety."The corridors well known, unfortunately, for some of the wrong reasons," said Jon Pascal, who is a member of the Juanita Drive Corridor Advisory Committee. "Its definitely unique in that regard."The committee has been studying the four-mile stretch of Juanita Drive for about nine months. Between 10,000 and 14,000 drivers use the road each day, Pascal said. The study found that nearly 40 percent of drivers ignore the speed limit.An unusually high number of fatal accidents have also plagued the road, Pascal added. An 81 year-old woman was killed in Aug. 2012 when a driver under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs crossed the center line and slammed into another car. The driver, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday.