More than 50 miles of highway pavement upgrades coming to Skagit and Island counties

(COUPEVILLE)– Spring has arrived and with the new season comes the start of highway construction work.

This year, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews will preserve more than 50 miles of pavement in Skagit and Island counties stretching from Clinton to Concrete.

“These projects will preserve the highways and limit the need for delays due to emergency repairs,” said Engineering Manager Chris Damitio. “Patience of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists this summer will allow crews to safely do this work to keep our highways safe for years to come.”

On April 3, contractor crews from Granite Construction will start work on a paving project from Coupeville to Clinton on State Routes 20 and 525. Crews will repair the deep layers of the road, improve pedestrian crossings, and grind down and repave the road.

Earlier this month, Granite Construction crews began sealing cracks and repairing deep potholes on SR 20 between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete. Once weather improves, expect daytime work to resurface this stretch of highway.

A two-mile stretch of SR 20 on the west end of Sedro-Woolley between the hospital and SR 9 west of the roundabouts, will get new pavement and improved pedestrian ramps this season. This work is scheduled to start in July.

Later this summer contractor crews will start a paving project in Anacortes. Crews will grind and pave the SR 20 Spur between Sharpes Corner and the ferry terminal. The stretch that includes Commercial Avenue will be repaved during a future project. Work between Sharpes Corner and Commercial Avenue will happen during the day while most work along SR 20 Spur/12th Street will be overnight.

To complete this work, contractor crews will reduce SR 20 to one lane in each direction between Sharpes Corner and Commercial Avenue for approximately two weeks.

Brief delays are expected around all of these projects for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.Flaggers or pedestrian detour signs will be in place to help direct travelers through the work zone. Cyclists should consider using alternate routes during this work as many surfaces could be rough and uneven, even during non-working hours.