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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Dave Chesson, WSDOT communications, 360-757-5997
Chris Damitio, WSDOT engineering manager, 360-788-7400
KENDALL – Drivers and residents will have an opportunity later this month to view concepts for improving the State Route 542/547 intersection in Kendall and talk with Washington State Department of Transportation staff.
The open house will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kendall Elementary School, 7547 Kendall Road. Engineers will show several concepts for construction, including designs for a traffic signal, non-signalized intersection and roundabout. There will be no formal presentation, so people can come any time and stay as long as they wish.
Feedback from attendees will be used to help WSDOT select the best concept as the design process moves forward. Construction is expected to begin in 2016.
Those unable to attend the open house can fill out an online comment form by visiting the project Web page.
SR 542 is used year-round by people wanting to visit the 1.7 million-acre Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Skiing and winter recreation are popular, as well as hiking and camping in the spring, summer and fall, and year-round vista viewing. On average, more than 4,000 drivers use the intersection of SR 542 and SR 547 daily.
“This road is getting busier, and it’s just not a local destination; it’s a national and international destination,” said WSDOT Engineering Manager Jay Drye. “All that traffic has to flow through Kendall, near its school, library, store and other facilities.”
The intersection is currently a triangle with three non-signalized access points that meet at sharp angles. Collision data shows that improvements to the intersection would increase visibility and help reduce collisions.
The Kendall community has actively been pursuing improvements at this location for years, but the funding has not been available. This year WSDOT received a $2.4 million Washington State Federal Lands Access Program grant, which will provide the majority of project funds.
Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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