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Friday, March 11, 2011
Jay Drye, Engineering Manager, 360-757-5993 (Burlington)
Dustin Terpening, Communications, 360-757-5997 (Burlington)
ARLINGTON – A roundabout scheduled for construction this summer east of Arlington at the intersection of State Route 9 and State Route 531 has been delayed until next year.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will postpone construction because the project couldn’t be started and finished this year.
“Unfortunately, we fell behind schedule trying to accommodate future planned development in the area,” says engineering manager Jay Drye. “Consequently, we got a late start on buying property needed to widen the highway. We weren’t quite able to wrap up everything in time to build the project this year.”
WSDOT will wait until 2012 to build and complete the roundabout in just one summer. The project is funded with $15.6 million from the 2005 gas tax.
The roundabout will make travel safer and relieve congestion for the 16,000 travelers, commuters and commercial drivers who use the intersection each day. It will keep traffic flowing efficiently for the next 20 to 30 years, even as significant development occurs near the intersection.
For more project information, visit the webpage www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR9/SR531intersection/.
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