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Public invited to review options for improving SR 20 near Parker, Morris roads

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Date:  Thursday, December 06, 2012

Contact: Shane Spahr, project engineer, 360-757-5856 (Burlington)
Bronlea Mishler, communications, 206-440-4696 (Shoreline) or 360-757-5997 (Burlington)

Island Transit will also discuss plans for its expanded facility

COUPEVILLE – Almost four months ago, the community suggested the idea of safety improvements along State Route 20 near Parker and Morris roads, east of Coupeville. Now it’s time for local drivers and residents to see what design options the Washington State Department of Transportation is considering.

WSDOT will present eight options – along with updated plans for a new left-turn lane on SR 20 near the Island County transfer station – at an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Coupeville High School commons. A brief presentation at 6:15 p.m. will feature comments from Rep. Norma Smith and speakers from WSDOT and Island Transit. WSDOT project staff will be on hand to answer questions and take comments throughout the evening.

“We’re committed to working with the community to find a way to make the roads safer with the money we have,” said Shane Spahr, WSDOT project engineer. “Hearing from the people who live, work and drive in this area will help us design a solution that works for everyone.”

As part of its facility expansion, Island Transit proposes to realign Parker Road and has been collaborating with WSDOT on plans for safety improvements at Parker and Morris roads. Staff from Island Transit will be on hand to discuss their project

Nearly 8,300 vehicles use SR 20 daily near the two roads. The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of collisions involving drivers turning on and off the highway.

WSDOT will also present information about the SR 532 Davis Slough project on Camano Island and its environmental mitigation work to improve a wetland near Dugualla Bay on Whidbey Island.

More information about the SR 20 project can be found online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr20/morristojacobs. Those unable to attend the meeting can submit comments using an online form: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR20/MorrisToJacobs/Comments.htm.  

Information about Island Transit’s facility expansion can be found online at http://islandtransit.org/construction_updates/.  

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information
This material can be made available in an alternate format by emailing the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs Team at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.


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