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SR 542 - SR 547 - Intersection Improvement

Status

August 2014

  • WSDOT will host an open house in November 2014 to provide details about the project design and construction. The open house date and location will be announced this fall.
  • The project is scheduled for construction in summer 2015.

Why is WSDOT improving the intersection of SR 542 and SR 547?
The SR 542/ SR 547 Kendall intersection has a history of collisions and has been identified by WSDOT as an area that would benefit from safety improvements. The crash history has often resulted in evident injuries. As traffic in this area continues to grow, the conflicts and merge issues that have made access difficult will only increase.

There is a need to maintain, and when possible, improve safe access to recreational and scenic activities on this popular Washington State route. SR 542/ Mount Baker Scenic Byway is a major state tourism destination, providing the only access to scenic vistas and prime opportunities for outdoor recreation in this section of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. For that reason, WSDOT applied and received a grant through Federal Lands, which will cover the majority of the design and construction funding for this project.

The End Result
There are several alternatives to improve the intersection, which include a traffic signal, a non-signalized intersection and roundabout options. The alternatives will be evaluated and developed to select the best option for this location.
 
The alternative selected will be developed with the goal of improving safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists that use this intersection.

Project Benefits
Safety: The Kendall community has actively pursued a safety improvement at this location for many years. The safety of this intersection is a concern for this area and is a top highway improvement goal. This project will support safer transportation to the Federal Forest Lands, as well as enhance the community connections for the local stores, the fire station, school and library access.

What is the project timeline?

  • August 2013: Awarded grant for project
  • October 2013: Begin design
  • November 2013: Host open house in Kendall
  • 2014: Continue design
  • Fall 2014: Begin property acquisitions
  • Fall 2015: Advertise project to contractors for construction
  • Summer 2016: Construction
  • Fall 2016: Expected completion

Financial Information

The majority of the project is funded by a $2.4 million 2013 Washington State Federal Lands Access Program grant. The purpose of the grant is to improve safe access to recreational and scenic activities within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

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

Project Engineer Chris Damitio 
460 Stuart Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-788-7400
E-mail: DamitiC@wsdot.wa.gov 

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