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Construction Updates for Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties

Last update: Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

This information changes frequently. Please check back often. If a state route is not listed, there are no scheduled closures at this time, although emergency closures may still occur. Travelers can also call 5-1-1 for real-time traffic and weather updates.

Whatcom County

Updated: April 18, 12:30 p.m.
SR 11: Padden Creek - Fish Barrier Removal #8436
Milepost: 20.19 - 20.62
Chris Damitio, Project Engineer, 360-788-7400
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  • May 2013 - Spring 2014 - Traffic has been shifted around the work area of SR 11 between Chuckanut Drive and I-5 for this project.
  • April 2014: The majority of work is complete. Contractor crews are back to work after shutting the project down through the cold winter months. Now that we have warmer weather, they are preparing to pave the bridge ends and finish minor curbing and sidewalk before opening all lanes by the end of the month (weather permitting). Meanwhile traffic is flowing smooothly through the work zone.

Update: April 7, 3:28 p.m.
SR 548: BP West Coast Products
Mileposts: 5.24 and 5.16 
Dave Chesson, WSDOT Communications, 360-757-5997

Contractor crews will be working to improve two access points to the BP facility.

  • No lane closures are scheduled at this time.

Skagit County

NEW: April 18, 12:30 p.m.
SR 9: Puget Sound Energy maintenenance work
Milepost: 53.71
Dave Chesson, WSDOT Communications, 360-757-5997

  • Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 - PSE crews will close one lane of SR 9 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and use flaggers to direct traffic through the work zone just north of Clearlake, while they work along the shoulder.

Updated: Aug. 19, 8 a.m.
SR 20: City of Sedro-Woolley’s SR20/Cook Road Realignment and Extension Project 
City of Sedro-Woolley Public Works, 360-855-0771
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The city of Sedro-Woolley is realigning Cook Road from the existing signalized intersection at milepost 64.9 to a new roundabout intersection at milepost 65.05. The project includes new roadway with two roundabout intersections. For more information, check out their webpage or please call Sedro-Woolley Public Works at 360-855-0771.

Updated: April 18, 12:30 p.m.
SR 20: Upper Skagit River - Permanent Restoration
Mileposts: 100.6 - 101 
Dave Chesson, WSDOT Communications, 360-757-5997
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There’s a stretch of SR 20 three miles east of Rockport in Skagit County that’s constantly buffeted by the Skagit River, especially during flooding. In an effort to protect the highway and improve the river habitat over the long-term, we built engineered logjams along the riverbank. The logjams will help buffer the highway from the eroding forces of the river.

  • Contractor crews have completed work along the river bank and are preparing to repave this section of SR 20 and get traffic off the temporary roadway and back on the mainline. Weather could influence how quickly this work will be completed, but we expect to have it paved and open before the end of the month.
  • Crews shifted traffic to a temporary roadway section in this area next to SR 20 to allow drivers to keep moving while we worked along the river. The speed limit has been reduced here to 35 mph.
  • With the North Cascades passes closed, this work should not cause delays for drivers, but please use caution and watch for large trucks slowing and turning into the work zone.

Updated: April 11, 10:27 a.m.
I-5: Skagit River Bridge retrofit project
Mileposts: 227 - 229
Dave Chesson, WSDOT Communications, 360-757-5997 
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Retrofit work complete for 2013 - All but some minor spot painting has been completed. The spot painting will be completed later this spring.

Island County

  • No closures at this time

Special events

  • Tuesday, April 1 to Wednesday, April 30 - Skagit Valley Tulip Festival