State DOT has scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Sharpes Corner roundabout for Tuesday morning. There will be brief remarks and a chance to walk the new trail.
While the roundabouts near Sharpes Corner on SR 20 in Anacortes have been operational since late June, DOT is about to wrap up the last bit of landscaping and officially put a bow on things. That means it’s time to celebrate!
To mark the completion of the $13.4 million Connecting Washington safety and congestion improvement project, DOT is holding a ribbon cutting with their contractor, Tapani Underground at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
DOT says they will share the successes of the project (spoiler: it was completed within budget and ahead of schedule) and hear from some of our community partners who helped make this project possible.
The event will also include an opportunity to walk or bike the new trail that was also part of this project. The trail helps better connect pedestrians to businesses in this area and bicyclists to US Bike Route 10 across Washington and Bike Route 3 down Whidbey Island.
You can check out photos of all the stages of work in DOT's Sharpes Corner Flickr album, which is also where we’ll post photos from the ribbon cutting event. If you can’t make it out on Oct. 9, we hope you’ll check out this corridor and try out the new trail too.
Meanwhile, crews from Tapani are planning to work nightly through Sunday morning to finish permanent striping around the new roundabouts. They’ll be making some slight changes – based on your feedback – like adding some dashed lines in places. Crews are also working on landscaping in and around the roundabouts. Most of this work should just need shoulder closures but be aware of crews at work and #GiveEmABrake.