SR 9 - Francis Road - Intersection Improvement

Project news

  • WSDOT contractor crews from SRV Construction will start work in late spring/early summer 2018 to build a roundabout at the intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road near Clear Lake in Skagit County.
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Needs & benefits

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. Between 2008 and 2017 law enforcement responded to 32 crashes, 9 with injuries, at this intersection. An average of 9,800 cars, trucks and motorcycles use SR 9 thorugh this area 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 contractor crews will build the roundabout in 2018.

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 more than two dozen 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 will need to be reloacted before construction begins.
  • Environmental impacts: The project site will need to be assessed for environmental impacts.

What should drivers expect?
Contractor crews working for WSDOT will require single lane closures on SR 9 between mileposts 53 and 54 as well as full and single lane closures on Francis Road and Old Day Creek Road.

The End Result
The intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road will have a new intersection that improves safety and keeps traffic moving.

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/spring 2018:  Bid is awarded
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018  Community open house, Sedro-Woolley High School
  • Late spring/summer 2018: Construction begins
  • Fall 2018: Construction complete.

Funding

Financial Data for PIN 100938C
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $3,495
CWA $0
Total $3,495

Contact

Andrea E. Petrich
Communications
360-757-5963
Andrea.Petrich@wsdot.wa.gov

Shane Spahr
Project Engineer
360-848-7103
SpahrS@wsdot.wa.gov

SR 9/Francis Road

SR9/Francis Road
The intersection of State Route 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road sees a variety of traffic every day.