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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 County

4,207 Confirmed Skagit Cases
383 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

268 Hospitalizations
60 Deaths
13,164 Fully Vaccinated
36,967 Doses Given

Statewide

325,053 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,599 Hospitalizations

5,041 Deaths Statewide

Updated 6 pm, March 6, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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