SR 20 - Banta Rd - Intersection Safety Improvements

Project news

  • WSDOT is working on designs to improve at this northern Whidbey Island intersection.
  • Thank you to community members who came out to our open houses to share feedback and experiences about this area.
  • Construction on this project is scheduled to start in spring 2019.

This project will improve safety and help keep drivers moving through this area during peak congestion.

Why is WSDOT making safety improvements to this intersection? 
During a five year stretch, between January 2011 and December 2015, there were 18 collisions at this intersection. Seven of these were injury crashes.

Naval Air Station Whidbey is expected to add up to 1,200 more service members to its base and turn the Banta Road gate into a 24-hour access point to accommodate additional personnel. The increase in staffing and change in access will add to the congestion and potential for more crashes at the intersection.

The End Result
When this project is finished it will improve safety and keep drivers moving as traffic volumes in this area increase.

Project Benefits
Improving this intersection will:

  • Reduce crashes.
  • Reduce the number of injury crashes, supporting Washington's strategic highway Target Zero plan.
  • Keep drivers moving as additional vehicles are added to the road in this area.

What is the project timeline?

  • Summer/fall 2017 - Solicit community feedback.
  • Spring 2018 - Decide on appropriate design to improve safety at this location.
  • Winter 2018/2019 - Advertise project for competitive bidding.
  • Spring 2019 - Project begins.
  • Fall 2019 - Project complete.


Financial Data for PIN 102024B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $4,904
CWA $0
Total $4,904

How can I get more information?

Andrea E. Petrich

Gabe Ng
Project Engineer