The state DOT says construction will start on the roundabout set for Highway 20 and Miller/Gibralter roads on April 2.
Tapani crews will close one lane of SR 20 at Miller/Gibralter and begin alternating traffic through the area.
This means a flagger will stop southbound traffic while northbound traffic goes through and then switch which direction is stopped and so on. This alternating situation will be in place around-the-clock a.k.a 24/7 a.k.a. nonstop while the SR 20 Miller/Gibralter roundabout is built.
It will take crews about two weeks to build half of the roundabout at this intersection, then they will switch traffic control a bit and continue to alternate traffic while they build the other side (about another two weeks).
DOT suggests ways to help reduce delays during construction:
- Avoid travelling during peak commute hours.
- Leave early or late if headed toward Anacortes or Whidbey Island on Friday afternoons.
- Consider public transportation.
- Ride your bike and use the Tommy Thompson Trail or Skagit County roads.
- Sign up to carpool or vanpool.
- ork remotely, if possible.
WSDOT says they know not everyone can change their commutes during this work, so if you are traveling through the area, leave yourself extra time. The amount of time it takes to get through the area is going to vary based on how many drivers change their habits, avoid peak travel times and the stage of construction.
WSDOT has a VERY aggressive timeline for this project (as preferred by most who live in the area) in order to wrap up most of the work by July 4. That timeline is why they will have lane reductions in place 24/7.
Because crews are starting so early in the season, there could be some delays due to weather. The contractor has plans in place to tweak their work schedule if weather delays keep them from their daily plan with weekly updates.