A major highway improvement project aimed at increasing safety and decreasing congestion is coming to Sharpes Corner next summer. Preliminary utility relocation work starts this Monday, Jan. 8.
Crews from Tapani, Inc. will build two large roundabouts along State Route 20 in spring 2018. The Sharpes Corner 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.”
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.
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.
- Anacortes Middle School, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
- North Whidbey Middle School, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
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.
Following construction of the Sharpes Corner roundabout, Anacortes and San Juan Islands neighbors will want to prepare for this one. Local contractor, Lakeside Industries, will repave the SR 20 Spur from Sharpes Corner to Commercial and then from Commercial to the ferry terminal. Most of the work (on 12th Street) from Commercial Avenue to the ferry terminal will happen at night and the four lane section from Sharpes Corner to Commercial will be reduced to two lanes for a couple of weeks so the crews can safely repair and repave in that area.