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The state Transportation Department has released new details about their plan for a roundabout at Sharpe’s Corner and have scheduled an open house to show the plan to the public.

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(DOT image showing roundabout with eastbound tunnel)

The state Transportation Department has released new details about their plan for a roundabout at Sharpe’s Corner and have scheduled an open house to show the plan to the public.

The latest roundabout design includes a bypass lane for traffic heading west to Anacortes. And, traffic heading east out of Anacortes toward Burlington will go under the roundabout in a tunnel.

Many South Fidalgo residents have complained that a roundabout at Sharpe’s Corner will make things more difficult for then to get onto Highway 20 at the Miller/Gibralter roads intersection, just south of Sharpe’s Corner.

Currently, the traffic light at Sharpe’s Corner causes breaks in traffic which allow motorists to get onto the highway. Without a light at Sharpe’s Corner, residents are concerned there won’t be breaks in the traffic.

Others have voiced concerns that the DOT is building a highway that is what one person calls a “Great Wall” blocking bicycle and pedestrian access across Highway 20, cutting the island in two.

The City Council has okayed a resolution asking the DOT to consider pedestrians and bicyclists as they make improvements to Highway 20 through the island.

DOT’s open house is set for Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4:30 - 7:30 pm at the Anacortes Middle School.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit Co. Over Time

169 Positive Cases (+3)
134/100,000 population
23 Hospitalized (+2)
5 Deaths (+1)
37 Recovered
714 Tested as of 4/4
22.4% Tested Positive

Updated April 7, 2020
Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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