- In 2018, WSDOT will build safety improvements at the intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road near Clear Lake in Skagit County.
- Traffic analysis data and public feedback show that a roundabout is the preferred safety alternative.
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Why is WSDOT
improving the intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road?
The intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road is located east of Mount Vernon, just north of Clear Lake. That intersection and the nearby area have had 40 collisions at the intersection, including 14 injury collisions between 2005 and 2014. That is a high number of collisions for a section of highway that is used by about 9,300 cars, trucks and motorcycles every day.
Based on traffic analysis data and feedback from two public open houses, a roundabout is the preferred option to improve safety at the intersection. WSDOT is currently in the design phase of the project.
What are the challenges to improving the intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road?
Keeping traffic moving: SR 9 is an important link for people who live and work between the Cascade Foothills and I-5. The Sedro-Woolley School District operates about 25 bus trips a day through the area during the school year. The only alternate routes available are well west of SR 9 through Mount Vernon.
Moving utilities: Power, cable, telephone and data lines may need to be moved.
Environmental impacts: The project site may need to be assessed for environmental impacts.
What should drivers expect?
Contractor crews working for WSDOT will likely require single lane closures on SR 9 between mileposts 53 and 54 as well as on Francis Road and Old Day Creek Road during working hours.
The End Result
The intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road will have new traffic controls that will improve safety.
This project will improve safety by reducing the number and severity of collisions at this intersection.
What is the project timeline?
Nov. 19, 2015: Community open house, Clear Lake Elementary
Dec. 17, 2015: Community open house, Skagit County Planning and Development
Winter 2015/2016: Design work begins
Fall 2017: Advertisement for competitive bidding
Winter 2017/18: Bid is awarded
Spring 2018: Construction begins
Fall 2018: Operationally complete
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Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Project Engineer
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