State Transportation crews are restriping the roundabout at Sharpes Corner. After monitoring traffic volume and traffic incidents since it was completed in 2018, this minor change is expected to improve roundabout operations.
WSDOT crews will complete this restriping Tuesday between 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. Look for flaggers out directing traffic in the area while crews are working. Travelers should plan for possible delays while this work is being completed.
The average volume of traffic at Sharpes Corner can be supported by a single-lane roundabout. Based on traffic modeling, drivers traveling to and from Oak Harbor/Port Townsend Ferry and drivers traveling from Burlington are unlikely to notice increased delays. Drivers traveling to Anacortes are unlikely to experience delays, however, drivers coming from Anacortes may experience a slight increase in travel times, but this is not expected to be significant.
The bypass lane to the SR 20 spur to Anacortes/San Juan Ferry will remain in place.
There will be no changes for drivers at the entrance point to the roundabout coming from Oak Harbor.
For drivers coming from SR 20 east - Burlington:
- Drivers traveling towards Deception Pass/Oak Harbor/Whidbey Island and the Port Townsend Ferry need to use the leftmost lane.
- Drivers traveling towards Anacortes/San Juan Ferry should use the bypass lane or need to use the right lane and will no longer be able to proceed through the roundabout.
Since completing construction of the roundabout at Sharpes Corner, WSDOT has collected and analyzed all traffic data to evaluate operational improvements. This restriping change, which requires drivers coming from Anacortes to now yield to only one circulating lane before entering the roundabout, should reduce the number of conflict points and simplifies the movement for vehicles entering the roundabout from Anacortes.