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Monday, August 26, 2013
Bart Treece, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4473
Janice Fahning, WSDOT project engineer, 425-225-8725
Drivers’ patience rewarded with better traffic flow; fewer collisions
LAKE STEVENS – Before the first school bell rings, the week-long closure on State Route 92 in Lake Stevens will be in the rear-view mirror. Drivers along this busy stretch of highway are now getting familiar with two new roundabouts at the intersections of 99th Avenue Northeast and 113th Avenue Northeast.
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation reopened all lanes of SR 92 on time Saturday, Aug. 24.
“We would like to thank drivers for their patience and flexibility during this closure,” said Janice Fahning, WSDOT project engineer. “The long-term benefits of these roundabouts will serve people for years to come.”
With increased development in the area, this stretch of SR 92 now sees up to 21,000 drivers per day. Prior to this project, people entering the highway from 99th Avenue Northeast or 113th Avenue Northeast had long delays waiting for a gap. Roundabouts will benefit these busy intersections by eliminating the stop-and-go traffic and reducing the risk and severity of collisions.
Drivers who are unfamiliar with roundabouts can learn more about them on the WSDOT YouTube channel.
In March, WSDOT awarded the $7.1 million design-build contract to Graham-Marshbank, JV of Seattle for construction of the roundabouts on SR 92 and at the Interstate 90 on- and off-ramps at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast/180th Avenue Southeast.
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