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2017 0514 paving postponed

The state DOT has postponed for one year a plan to pave portions of highway 20 from Sharpes Corner to the ferry landing.

The state DOT said, “We had hoped to pave from Sharpes Corner to the ferry terminal (with the exception of Commercial Avenue) but the single project bid that came in was higher than the engineer’s estimate.”

Washington Department of Transportation spokeswoman Andrea Petrich said, “We’ve rejected that bid and plan to re-advertise the project this fall. We want to be as cost efficient as possible with all the projects we do and anticipate that putting the project back out when the construction market isn’t as saturated will engage additional contractors and bring down prices.”

The area was last paved about 20 years ago, and the road is showing signs of wear and tear. There are cracks and potholes in places along the highway. The $6.7 million project will extend the life of the roadway and provide a smoother ride for the more than 30,000 vehicles that use the road every day.

Petrich said they know there are areas that are in major need of repair in this stretch and their maintenance team will be working to repair some of those areas to get us through the summer and one more winter.

DOT still has the Sharpes Corner roundabout on their schedule for next year and believes the timing of these projects will work well together. Once finished, they will create miles of improve and preserved roadway for Anacortes residents.

I commute from Anacortes to Burlington each day and will be working with you to make sure these projects are effecting traffic as minimally as possible.

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