SR 9 - Francis Road - Intersection Improvement

Project news

  • Crews have finished needed work and lifted the large vehicle restriction at this intersection and access to Old Day Creek is back open.
  • Contractor crews from SRV Construction have nearly finished this projects. Some lighting work remains. Crews could alternate SR 9 passenger vehicle traffic through this intersection from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday as they finish this work.
  • There are three other projects happening along SR 9 this summer, know about those and sign up for email updates about all state roadwork in Skagit County.

Needs & benefits

Why is WSDOT improving the intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road?
The intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road is located east of Mount Vernon, in Clear Lake. Between 2008 and 2017 law enforcement responded to 32 crashes, 9 with injuries, at this intersection. An average of 9,800 cars, trucks and motorcycles use SR 9 thorugh this area every day.

Based on traffic analysis data and feedback from two public open houses, a roundabout is the preferred option to improve safety at the intersection. WSDOT contractor crews are currently building this roundabout.

What are the challenges to improving the intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road?

  • Keeping traffic moving: SR 9 is an important link for people who live and work between the Cascade Foothills and I-5. The Sedro-Woolley School District operates more than two dozen bus trips a day through the area during the school year. The only alternate routes available are well west of SR 9 through Mount Vernon.
  • Moving utilities: Power, cable, telephone and data lines will need to be reloacted before construction begins.
  • Environmental impacts: The project site will need to be assessed for environmental impacts.

What should drivers expect?
WSDOT contractor crews from SRV Construction will require single lane closures on SR 9 between mileposts 53 and 54 as well as full and single lane closures on Francis Road and Old Day Creek Road. Work will start on Monday, June 11.

  • Crews will alternate traffic through this intersection daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and could work additional days and hours, if needed. All lanes on SR 9 will remain open weeekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Crews closed Francis Road for five days starting on Monday, June 18 to grade and pave the western edges of the roundabout.
  • Crews will close Old Day Creek Road for 21 days during this work. That closure will begin in late June and continue into July. Travelers will use a signed detour via North Front Street.

The End Result
The intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road will have a new intersection that improves safety and keeps traffic moving.


  • Nov. 19, 2015: Community open house, Clear Lake Elementary
  • Dec. 17, 2015: Community open house, Skagit County Planning and Development
  • Winter 2015/2016: Design work begins
  • Fall 2017: Advertisement for competitive bidding
  • Winter/spring 2018:  Bid is awarded
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018  Community open house, Sedro-Woolley High School
  • June 11, 2018: Construction begins
  • Fall 2018: Construction complete.


Financial Data for PIN 100938C
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $3,495
CWA $0
Total $3,495


Andrea E. Petrich

Shane Spahr
Project Engineer

SR 9/Francis Road

SR9/Francis Road
The intersection of State Route 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road sees a variety of traffic every day.