Northwest NEWS

June 17, 2002

Local News

More pedestrian-safety features for Juanita area

King County activated new speed-warning signs this week that should help slow traffic on 108th Avenue Northeast, making it safer for pedestrians and motorists.
   The four new radar speed displays are located along 108th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 132nd Street and Juanita-Woodinville Way. The displays fit below the speed limit signs currently installed on the street, and show drivers their actual speed as they travel through the area. As vehicles exceed the 25-mph speed limit, the display will also begin to flash.
   The radar displays are a first for King County, and each unit costs $4,600.
   County traffic engineers will be monitoring the new radar displays for several months after activation to make sure motorists slow down and obey speed limit.
   The installation is a continuation of traffic and pedestrian safety work requested by the Juanita-Woodinville Way Citizen Advisory Group (CAG), which was formed in response to the tragic deaths of two student pedestrians on Juanita-Woodinville Way within a one-year period.
   Pedestrian safety along 108th Avenue Northeast was a focus of the CAG. Helen Keller Elementary school is located along this street, which also receives traffic from surrounding residential areas.