SR 9 - Francis Road - Intersection Improvement

Project news

  • This year, WSDOT contractor crews from SRV Construction will build a roundabout at the intersection of SR 9 and Francis Road/Old Day Creek Road near Clear Lake in Skagit County.
  • Work on this project is expected to start in late spring 2018.
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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, just north of Clear Lake. That intersection and the nearby area have had 40 collisions at the intersection, including 14 injury collisions between 2005 and 2014. That is a high number of collisions for a section of highway that is used by about 9,300 cars, trucks and motorcycles 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 will build the roundabout in 2018.

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 about 25 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 moved.
  • Environmental impacts: The project site will need to be assessed for environmental impacts.

What should drivers expect?
Contractor crews working for WSDOT will require single lane closures on SR 9 between mileposts 53 and 54 as well as on Francis Road and Old Day Creek Road.

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.

Timeline

  • 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
  • Late spring/summer 2018: Construction begins
  • Fall 2018: Operationally complete

Funding

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

Contact

Andrea E. Petrich
Communications
360-757-5963
Andrea.Petrich@wsdot.wa.gov

Shane Spahr
Project Engineer
360-848-7103
SpahrS@wsdot.wa.gov

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.