SR 9 - Francis Road - Intersection Improvement

Project news

  • WSDOT contractor crews from SRV Construction have started work on this roundabout project.
  • Crews will alternate traffic through this intersection daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and could work additional hours, if needed. All lanes on SR 9 will remain open from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Crews will close Francis Road for five days starting on Monday, June 18 and Old Day Creek Road for 21 days starting on Monday, June 25. Travelers should follow signed detours around these closures.
  • There are three other projects happening along SR 9 this summer, know about those and sign up for email updates about all state roadwork in Skagit County.

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?
WSDOT contractor crews from SRV Construction 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. Work will start on Monday, June 11.

  • Crews will alternate traffic through this intersection daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and could work additional days and hours, if needed. All lanes on SR 9 will remain open weeekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Crews will close Francis Road for five days during this work. That closure will begin as soon as summer vacation begins. Travelers will use a signed detour via Swan and Mud Lake roads.
  • Crews will close Old Day Creek Road for 21 days during this work. That closure will begin in late June and continue into July. Travelers will use a signed detour via North Front Street.

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
  • June 11, 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.