Spring for safety: Small improvements to help all users of SR 525 in Freeland

By Ally Barrera

As the local weather heats up, city dwellers like myself enjoy escaping to Whidbey Island for a number of weekend fun and relaxation. Starting Monday, June 3, Island residents and weekend warriors alike will note a number of adjustments coming to State Route 525, one in each of Whidbey’s most important highways.

For three weeks, contractor crews will make a sequence of improvements along a one-mile stretch by Freeland that might make the highway safer for the lots of folks who drive, walk, bike and use public transportation in the area.

The upcoming work will discuss three key intersections on SR 525 in Freeland: South Woodard Avenue, Main Street/Fish Road and Scott Road.

South Woodard Avenue

Soon it's going to be much safer for people making an attempt to get to and from native companies at the north aspect of SR 525 and the Freeland Trail or close by park and journey at the south side.

Through this project, crews will build an upgraded crosswalk, featuring new ov…

Good things come to those who wait

What’s next for the North Spokane CorridorBy Ryan Overton

Over the previous NULL weeks, we’ve instructed you in regards to the historical prior of the North Spokane Corridor (NSC), and the place the venture is at today. Now it’s time to train for what’s to come, adding its completion!

We know, we know. We’ve heard lots of folks say it's going to by no means get finished. But it will. And quicker than you possibly think.

Picking up momentum

Think of the NSC just like the Tortoise and the Hare. It has been 18 years considering the fact that it first broke flooring in 2001. It took 11 years to open the primary 5½ miles to visitors and considering the fact that then, we haven’t opened any new roadway as aspect of the project. That’s the tortoise part, but remember, the tortoise wins within the end. While seven years have handed considering the fact that a brand new stretch of street opened, work has been at all times shifting ahead with small tasks ready for funding.

Last week we sai…

New roundabout comes in for a landing at SR 20 on Whidbey Island

By Ally Barrera

The fighter jets that take off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are not any strangers to appearing other maneuvers. On Sunday, June 23, of us traveling previous the air base on State Route 20 close to Oak Harbor needed to carry out a other maneuver in their own: Navigating a brand new roundabout.

A time lapse digicam captured crews constructing the roundabout at SR 20
and Banta Road from Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 23

Working on the velocity of sound

When contractor crews with SRV Construction started excavating the street on the Banta Road/Northgate Drive intersection on Thursday, June 6, the purpose was to open the roundabout with the aid of means of July 4. After operating 20 hours a day, six days every week at what appeared like Mach 1 speed, the roundabout opened to visitors on Sunday, June 23, 10 days forward of schedule.

Highway to the safety zone
So why construct this roundabout within the primary place? In a word, safety.

Since 2011, law enforcement r…

Keep cool and safe as summer construction heats up in Clark County

By Tamara Greenwell

As the nice and cozy summer time sun shines down, construction tasks are revving up in Clark County. With 4 enormous construction tasks going on on Interstate 5 and I-205, as nicely as State Route 14 and SR 500 this summer, every person ought to be ready for a few congestion or journey delays.

We recognise summer time roadwork might be frustrating, but warm, dry climate is wanted for asphalt to set and harden and roadway paint to stay to the pavement, leaving us a small window to get this work completed. We attempt to schedule work at evening time or off-peak occasions whilst likely and we get pleasure from your endurance throughout the occasions that’s no longer possible. A little planning will move a lengthy method in assisting all people attain our destinations accurately and on time.

I-5 and I-205 Pavement Rehabilitation
Anyone who travels on I-5 or I-205 in Clark County is aware the thump-tha-thump-thump sound from the ruts and cracks within the pavement. Begin…

Looking abroad to find transportation answers

International fellow from Turkey spends a month in Seattle learning about sustainable transportationBy Heather DeRosa

For most, a go to to the Seattle enviornment in May brings soaking up constrained sunshine and checking out Pike Place Market or the Space Needle. But for Ali Onuralp √únal, his go to was removed from what vacationers see.

Ali's month-long go to was facet of the Professional Fellowship Program, funded by means of means of the United States Department of State, administered by means of means of the American Councils for International Education. As one in all 30 younger mavens visiting towns all throughout the United States, Ali got here to our Regional Transit Coordination Division hoping to take lots of our sustainable and lively transportation plans and greatest practices residence with him to Ankara, Turkey.

Our Regional Transit Coordination Division proved to be a correct match to host Ali final month. Working with Sound Transit and different native transit comp…

When it comes to reducing roadside litter, listen to the kids

Four winners selected in Adopt-A-Highway litter bag art contestBy Barbara LaBoe

With our basic college litter bag art contest complete, one factor is clear: Our messaging is ready to get fairly a artistic boost!

We requested youngsters in grades 1 to 6 to ship us art work for new Adopt-A-Highway litter bags and we have been pleased to see the huge artwork. And, simply as exciting, have been the artistic methods scholars got here up with sharing our litter prevention messages.

Our crews, alongside with our precious Adopt-a-Highway volunteers, clean about 600 plenty of trash off of extra than 18,000 miles of state roadways each year. Despite that effort, roadside litter stays an ongoing subject and concern. And the simplest approach to deal with the subject is to keep away from the trash from getting to the roadways within the primary place.

So, we requested our state's scholar artists to lend us a hand in spreading the prevention message. It wasn't an simple determination choo…

Encouraging pollinator activity at Scatter Creek Rest Area

National Pollinator Week a great time to check in on progress being madeBy Ann Briggs

A couple years ago, we talked about our integrated vegetation management software as a method of supporting pollinators and encouraging a more healthy ecosystem round our state highways.

One of the tasks we highlighted at that point was our work round the Scatter Creek Rest Area on I-5 north of Centralia. By limiting mowing operations, we permit local crops return to type a meadow, offering habitat for local pollinators distinctive to that ecosystem.

With National Pollinator Week June 17-21, it is a nice time to verify in at the progress.

In September 2018, we planted 39 species of local vegetation in three seed mixes, with species overlap amongst the mixes. Our purpose is to evaluation seed mixes and website practise remedies to resolve which blend will establish pollinator-friendly plant conceal for use on roadsides and at construction sites.

We had a quite chilly spring in 2019, adopted by means …