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SR 20 - Morris Road to Jacobs Road Safety Improvements

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June 2014

  • We've chosen the best option (Flickr) for improvements by the new Island Transit facility at Parker and Morris Roads. 
  • Since that time, we have developed the selected option and are moving through the environmental documentation process. 

Overview
We will add a two-way left-turn lane on State Route 20 at Island County's Solid Waste facility just south of Coupeville. We also will widen the shoulders of the highway to 4 feet wide between Jacobs Road and the solid waste facility, and make other safety improvements as funding allows.

The community and local elected officials also asked us to consider changes to the Parker and Morris roads intersections with SR 20. In 2012, WSDOT received $1.5 million in federal funding reallocated from other projects to design safety improvements at these intersections.

After careful consideration and public input, we’ve chosen the best option for improving SR 20 by the new Island Transit facility on Whidbey Island.

The preferred option realigns Parker Road to Morris Road and installs turn lanes at the Morris Road intersection. This plan will reduce the number of intersections from three to just one, improve visibility and add turn lanes.

As part of its facility expansion, Island Transit proposed to realign Parker Road to SR 20. We worked with Island Transit and Island County to develop safety improvements at Parker and Morris roads as part of our existing project near Jacobs Road, and to meet the needs of the new transit facility.

Why is WSDOT adding a left-turn lane on SR 20 at the Solid Waste Complex and designing changes to the Parker/Morris road intersection?
There have been rear-end collisions related to vehicles turning in and out of the Solid Waste Complex. Our highest priority is reducing the frequency and severity of these collisions between Morris and Jacobs.

We have heard from the community and local elected officials that they are concerned about the safety of Parker and Morris roads intersections with SR 20, where the new Island Transit facility is being built. We identified several possible solutions to improve this area and held an open house in Dec. 2012. In Feb. 2013, we chose the preferred option out of the eight we displayed at the open house.

Now the project will also realign Parker Road to intersect with Morris Road and make improvements to the Morris Road intersection with SR 20.

The End Result
Adding a turn lane will help improve safety and reduce the number of collisions for drivers turning in and out of the Solid Waste Complex. Since the project is located within the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, we are designing it in such a way as to minimize impacts to the Reserve.

Project Benefits
The installation of a turn lane adjacent to the Solid Waste Complex and the shoulder widening will reduce the frequency and severity of collisions.

Improvements to the Parker/Morris roads intersections will help reduce the chance of collisions and improve visibility on SR 20.

What is the project timeline?

  • Winter 2012 - Winter 2015: design project, complete permit process and right-of-way acquisition
  • January 2015: advertise two-way left-turn lane project to contractors 
  • Spring 2015: begin construction 
  • Fall 2015: complete project

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 102010R
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $6,027
Total $6,027

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Communications Tom Pearce
15700 Dayton Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133
206-440-4696
pearcet@wsdot.wa.gov  

Project engineer Shane Spahr
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98229
360-757-5856
shane.spahr@wsdot.wa.gov

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