After receiving input during two public meetings, several public stakeholder meetings and from about 500 online surveys, the state Department of Transportation has decided to build a roundabout at Sharpes Corner.
Construction on the project is slated for 2018.
WSDOT will host another open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at Anacortes Middle School, 2202 M Ave., to showcase the selected project and get public feedback.
A roundabout was chosen over adding a second left turn lane and improving the signal at the intersection because it provides significant safety benefits and will relieve congestion. The intersection at the east end of Anacortes has averaged 14 collisions a year for the last 10 years. The DOT says the roundabout alternative is expected to reduce all collisions by 40 percent and injury collisions by 80 percent. In comparison, the improved signal alternative would only reduce all collisions by 10 percent.
The roundabout was the preferred alternative of a stakeholder group of representatives from local jurisdictions and agencies, as well as from those who attended public meetings or completed online surveys.
“We want to thank everyone who came to the open houses and provided feedback. It was invaluable,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Jason Koreski. “And now that we’ve selected a roundabout, drivers’ input is more critical than ever. We’ll continue to need their ideas as we begin designing this project to make it the best it can be for the community.”
In addition to the Sharpes Corner roundabout, the $13.4 million project will add a roundabout to the Miller/Gibralter Road intersection to the south of Sharpes Corner. This project will also improve pedestrian and cycling movement along the highway.