Crews complete one of two roundabouts on Fidalgo Island

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Transportation

Contractor crews have finished the major work at State Route 20 and Miller and Gibralter Roads, including all levels of paving, and drivers are using that roundabout on Fidalgo Island.

One more roundabout needs to be completed.

Lanes will be reduced at SR 20 and SR 20 Spur, known as Sharpes Corner, at 7 a.m., Monday, May 7. Once these lane reductions are in place, crews will spend about two weeks building bypass lanes along the northern and southeastern sides of the intersection.

During this work, the signal will alternate traffic. However, east and westbound traffic trying to go straight through the area will merge into a single lane. Many travelers may need to sit through multiple light cycles to get through the area. Staff will be monitoring the signal phases through the 24/7 traffic management center and making adjustments as they can to help minimize waits.

To help ease congestion:

– Avoid nonessential trips through this area.

– Travel outside of morning and afternoon commute hours.

– Work remotely.

– Have your child ride an Anacortes School District bus.

– Use Skagit or Island transit buses.

– Consider starting or joining a vanpool.

– Ride bikes via the Tommy Thompson Trail or Skagit County roads.

– Carpool.

While the morning commute will be busy, the afternoon commute is expected to be extra congested. If you can’t alter trips, make sure you leave plenty of extra travel time. Delay times will vary and will depend on the choices other drivers make along with the time of day that you need to travel.