SR 525 - Freeland Vicinity - Corridor Improvements - Complete July 2019


In 2019, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews with Northeast Electric, LLC, made a series of safety improvements for people driving, walking, bicycling and using public transportation along the State Route 525 corridor through Freeland on south Whidbey Island. Based on community feedback, the improvements span a 1-mile stretch of the highway, rather than the original plan of a single intersection.

These improvements include:

  • Safer access at the intersection of SR 525 and South Woodward Avenue to connect people using the Freeland Trail and the nearby park and ride to businesses and bus stops on the north side of the street.
  • Replaced traffic lights to improve light visibility and timing at SR 525 and Fish Road/East Main Street by adding a flashing yellow warning light for turning traffic.
  • Added a warning sign and flashing light on SR 525, before Scott Road, to help people driving know when there is slow or stopped traffic ahead.

An average of 15,000 vehicles use SR 525 through Freeland each day, as well as Island County buses, pedestrians and cyclists. 

The benefits of these corridor improvements include:

  • Safer access to public transportation stops and nearby businesses.
  • Reduced wait times for people driving.
  • Early notice of slowing traffic to help prevent rear-end crashes.


Fall 2018: Advertise project for competitive bidding.
Winter 2018/2019: Project awarded to Northeast Electric, LLC.
June 3, 2019: Begin construction.
June 20, 2019: Finish construction.
July 2019: Project complete.


The total estimated cost of this project was $900,000.


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A small map of the area of SR 525 where WSDOT will make corridor improvements through Freeland on Whidbey Island.

A small map of the area on Whidbey Island where WSDOT made 2019 corridor improvements along SR 525 through Freeland.

In 2019, WSDOT crews made improvements for drivers along SR 525 in Freeland.

In 2019, a flashing warning sign was added to SR 525 near Scott Road. Stopped traffic triggers the flashing lights, warning other drivers.

In 2019, WSDOT crews made pedestrian improvements across SR 525 in Freeland.

A new crosswalk and flashing lights at South Woodard Avenue help pedestrians safely cross SR 525 by allowing them to trigger lights, warning drivers.

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The intersection of SR 525 and South Woodard Avenue before improvements.