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 digital camera 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 by means of means of July 4. After running 20 hours a day, six days every week at what appeared like Mach 1 speed, the roundabout opened to site visitors on Sunday, June 23, 10 days forward of schedule.
These concrete pourers were just one of the many different crews working together to complete this project early.

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

Since 2011, law enforcement responded to 26 crashes that injured 11 of us on the SR 20 and Banta/Northgate intersection. Half of these collisions concerned automobiles attempting to turn onto the street from area roads. Roundabouts have a shown historical past of chopping harm and fatal crashes through extra than 75 percent.

The roundabout also adds a brand new U-turn choice for of us discovered north and south of Banta/Northgate, which might scale back left turns onto the street and the possibility of broadside “T-bone” collisions.

There's also new street crossing components to assist Island Transit riders properly move the street to local bus stops.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will use crosswalks connected to the splitter islands separating
SR 20 traffic to safely cross the highway. Watch out for them!

More fly-bys to come
Even although the roundabout is open to traffic, crews nonetheless have a few work to finish, like sealing the brand new asphalt, including recent striping and landscaping, earlier than they fly off for good. While this work would not contain the identical around-the-clock lane closures tourists have grown accustomed to the previous couple of weeks, folks ought to practice for the occasional closure. All work related with this mission is anticipated to wrap up within the fall.

Avoid the last-second scramble by checking these instruments forward of time for indicators of upcoming street work:

WSDOT cellular app
WSDOT North Twitter feed
Skagit & Island County freeway emails
Skagit and Island County Construction page
Thanks for being our wingman

Just like appearing a barrel roll takes timing and coordination, so did completing this project. A stretch of staggering climate and a couple of other crews harmoniously running along one one other resulted in finishing the roundabout early.

It also took the persistence of these traveling by way of the work zone. Although there were visitors delays, the crews liked each wave and sort phrase they obtained from tourists throughout construction. Don't lose that loving feeling!

For further photographs from this project, test out our Flickr album

Roundabout 101

Navigating a roundabout can really sense like flying aerobatics in case you do not realize tips on the way to do it. Sure, there's a finding out curve simply like with any visitors revision. Just comply with those easy tips:

Vehicles already within the roundabout have the right-of-way. As you method the roundabout, hear to the yield sign and sluggish down. If a car within the roundabout is coming towards you, yield. If not, input the roundabout on your right. NEVER input on your left!
Signal. That's right. When you are competent to go out the roundabout, sign as you could any time you make a turn. This shall we automobiles behind you and automobiles able to input realize your intention.
Watch for pedestrians/bikes. Just like this new roundabout close to Oak Harbor, many different roundabouts have crosswalks as well. Keep a watch out for anybody desiring to cross.
Give greater automobiles further room. Semis, huge RVs and different huge so much could possibly desire further room to transfer by way of the roundabout. That's why we construct them with truck aprons. Work collectively to hold everybody secure and moving.
Don't cease within the center of a roundabout. If you assume you missed your exit, simply proceed going round till you come again to it. Stopping is typically how collisions happen. Remember, automobiles already within the roundabout have the right-of-way.
More of a visible learner? We have a five-part video collection about roundabout etiquette that could possibly help.


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