Northwest NEWS

Nevember 6, 2000

Local News

Council approves speed reduction on Juanita-Woodinville Way

In a highly emotional council meeting Oct. 30, the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously adopted an ordinance lowering the speed limit to 35 miles per hour on Juanita-Woodinville Way from SR 405 to 100th St. NE in an attempt to reduce further pedestrian-automobile accidents. Two youth have been killed at the intersection of Juanita-Woodinville Way NE and NE 143rd Place within the past year.
   In response to the community's concerns expressed since the fatalities, the council amended the initial ordinance in coordination with the traffic engineering staff to include the entire expanse of Juanita-Woodinville Way.
   "We want to cut through the red tape as quickly as possible," said Councilmember Louise Miller, who represents the Woodinville and Kingsgate areas. "The county's transportation department has been working on safety issues in this area, and we don't want anything to slow that work down."
   The county's road services division recently completed a corridor study to evaluate traffic and pedestrian safety options on Juanita-Woodinville Way. A key suggestion was to lower the speed limit to 35 mph from 100th Ave. NE to NE 137th Place.
   Sheriff Dave Reichert said mechanical devices and reduced speed limits can improve roadway safety, but it is not the solution.
   "That is only one part of pedestrian safety," said Reichert. "The most important part is increased awareness by drivers and pedestrians of their surroundings, year-round, but especially as we move into fewer daylight hours and inclement weather."
   "We are a community of families," said one area resident who testified at today's council meeting.
   "As a parent, we live for our children and they must be protected."