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SR 20 Sharpes Corner roundabout project moves toward construction

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 10:53

Andrea E. Petrich, communications, 360-757-5963
Gabe Ng, project engineer, 360-788-7403

Connecting Washington project will improve safety, mobility in Skagit County

ANACORTES – A major highway improvement project aimed at increasing safety and decreasing congestion is coming to a corner of Skagit County next summer.

Crews from Tapani, Inc. will build two large roundabouts along State Route 20 in spring 2018. The intersection at the east end of Anacortes has averaged 14 crashes a year for the last 10 years. Both roundabouts are expected to lower collision numbers by 40 percent.

“Efforts to improve this key intersection that connects Whidbey Island to the rest of Washington state have been underway for years, and we’re finally on the verge of construction,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Gabe Ng. “These roundabouts will not only improve how quickly people travel through the area, but also dramatically improve safety along this corridor.”

Sharpes Corner intersection improvements

Crews will first construct a single lane roundabout at the intersection of SR 20 and Miller/Gibralter roads before moving north to build a two-lane roundabout at Sharpes Corner. Contractor crews will also build a trail along the highway to increase safety and mobility for cyclists and pedestrians.

The 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package is funding the $13.4 million project.

Learning to use the roundabouts

WSDOT will hold events in Anacortes and Oak Harbor to help travelers understand the upcoming construction schedule, roundabout design and help travelers educate themselves on how to drive through this area once construction is complete.

Drop in anytime during the events to talk to WSDOT engineers and members of the construction team. There will be an interactive display of the Sharpes Corner roundabout, and Washington State Patrol will be available to clarify traffic laws at roundabout intersections.

Utility relocation work will begin Monday, Jan. 8 and construction on the intersections begins in early spring. To stay informed on this project’s timeline and learn about additional community outreach events, you can sign up for weekly Skagit and Island county email updates.

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