Thursday, March 2, 2017

It’s open house season in Skagit, Island & Whatcom counties

by Andrea E. Petrich

 In 2017, crews will resurface more than
20 miles of SR 20 in east Skagit County.
My colleagues and I love getting out into the community and meeting with the public face-to-face. It gives us a chance to hear your stories, your concerns and get your feedback on our highways and future construction projects that are planned.

With summer construction season just around the corner, look for many of these opportunities coming up. With fish passage, paving and intersection improvement projects among the things on our upcoming schedule for Skagit, Island and Whatcom counties, we want to keep you updated on what’s going to happen and be able to hear any questions you might have.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Tuesday, March 7 – Mt. Baker Highway open house
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Chair 9 in Glacier, WA
Come hear about this summer’s Hedrick Creek fish passage project, SR 542 guardrail installation and next year’s SR 542 and SR 9 intersection improvement project.

Tuesday, March 14 – Island County projects open house
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Coupeville High School
We’ll focus on the 30-mile paving project our contractors are starting this month on SR 525 and SR 20. We’ve invited other partners on Whidbey Island to join us for this event in case you have questions for them, too.

SR 542 in Whatcom County will see some work this summer with a
Hedrick Creek fish passage project and guardrail installation.
Tuesday, March 21 – Skagit County collaborative open house
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Sedro-Woolley Community Center
If you want information about all of our 2017 projects happening in Skagit County, this is the event for you. We have invited partners from all over Skagit County to join us – Skagit County, City of Sedro-Woolley, Washington State Patrol and Port of Skagit have confirmed their attendance.

Thursday, April 13 – Anacortes projects open house
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Anacortes Middle School
We’re still a year away from the 2018 Sharpes Corner intersection improvement project but we’ll have lots of information about that project as well as this summer’s SR 20 Spur paving project.

If you aren’t able to make the open house in your community and have feedback or questions, you can email me your thoughts at We’re looking forward to meeting some of you this month and next. Thank you for being involved in your community and getting engaged in the conversation to help keep your family and all of Washington moving forward.