Why is WSDOT
improving the intersection of SR 542 and SR 547?
The SR 542/ SR 547 Kendall intersection, located about 20 miles east of Bellingham, has a history of collisions and has been identified by WSDOT as an area that would benefit from safety improvements. From 2009 to 2013 there were 12 collisions at this intersection, a high number for an intersection with about 10,000 trips per day. Many of these collisions have resulted in injuries. As traffic in this area continues to grow, the conflicts and merge issues that have made access difficult will only increase.
We 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 funding through Federal Lands Access Program, which will cover the majority of the design and construction funding for this project.
The End Result
After receiving public input, WSDOT selected a roundabout as the preferred alternative for the intersection of SR 542 and SR 547. The roundabout will reduce the opportunities for serious collisions and improve pedestrian safety.
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 Federal Land Access Program funds for project
- October 2013: Begin design
- November 2013: Host open house in Kendall
- 2014: Continue design
- Fall 2014: Begin property acquisitions
- November 2014: Host open house
- Spring 2015: Advertise project to contractors for construction
- Summer 2015: Construction
- Sept. 12, 2015: Project was operationally complete.
The project is funded by a $2.4 million from the 2013 Washington State Federal Lands Access Program grant. The purpose of the program is to improve safe access to recreational and scenic activities within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
How can I get more information?
Communications Tom Pearce
15700 Dayton Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133
Project Engineer Chris Damitio
460 Stuart Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
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