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Upgraded pedestrian crossings and new pavement coming to Sedro-Woolley

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:42

Andrea E. Petrich, communications, 360-757-5963
Shane Spahr, project engineer, 360-848-7100

SR 20 work underway, lane closures start Sunday, Aug. 6

SEDRO-WOOLLEY – New pavement and pedestrian ramps are coming to the western side of Sedro-Woolley. The work will preserve State Route 20 and improve the walking, cycling and driving experience along this route.

Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Lakeside Industries, Inc. have started installing signs, improving pedestrian crossings and preparing for lane closures that are needed during this preservation project. Overnight closures will begin weeknights starting 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Crews will repave a 2 mile stretch of highway from Collins Road near PeaceHealth United General Medical Center to SR 9 near Food Pavilion. This highway preservation work will repair potholes, ruts and cracks and create a new smooth surface for travelers.

Improvements for pedestrians
Crews have started upgrading ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The project will create a smoother transition between the sidewalk and road for pedestrians. Pedestrian crossing improvements will be made at SR 20 intersections with:

  • Sterling Road
  • Hodgin Street/Rhodes Road
  • Trail Road/West State Street
  • SR 9

Pedestrians will still have access to intersections during this work. In some cases a detour across the street will be needed to avoid work zones. Those walking through any of the listed intersections should plan for extra travel time in case of detours.

What drivers and cyclists should know
The majority of this work will happen in the overnight hours beginning 7 p.m. Sundays and wrapping up for the week at 5 a.m. Fridays. Overnight travelers should expect up to 30 minutes of delays through this area. Plan extra time into trips or consider alternate routes.

This project is happening along US Bicycle Route 10, which stretches from Anacortes to Newport. Cyclists will want to consider an alternate route during this work.

Cyclists and other travelers may experience some uneven and rough surfaces if they travel through the construction area. Use caution and lower speeds through this area, around the clock, until the project wraps up this fall.

Coordinating with community partners
During all projects, WSDOT works months in advance with community partners to coordinate construction around events, other projects and businesses to keep the economy moving and congestion minimal while crews make necessary highway preservation improvements.

WSDOT has coordinated this project with many partners, including:

  • The City of Sedro-Woolley, which is wrapping up a project in this area.
  • PeaceHealth United General Medical Center to maintain access to the hospital.
  • The rail industry to keep rail freight traffic moving.

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