SR 525 - Freeland Vicinity - Corridor Improvements

Project news

Needs & Benefits

In 2019, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews with Northeast Electric, LLC, will make a series of safety improvements for people driving, walking, bicycling and using public transportation along the State Route 525 corridor through Freeland on south Whidbey Island. Based on community feedback, the improvements will span a 1-mile stretch of the highway, rather than the original plan of a single intersection.

WSDOT will:

  • Improve access at the intersection of SR 525 and South Woodward Avenue to connect people using the Freeland Trail and the nearby park and ride to businesses and bus stops on the north side of the street.
  • Replace traffic lights to improve light visibility and timing at SR 525 and Fish Road/East Main Street by adding a flashing yellow warning light for turning traffic.
  • Add a warning sign and flashing light on SR 525, before Scott Road, to help people driving know when there is slow or stopped traffic ahead.

An average of 15,000 vehicles use SR 525 through Freeland each day, as well as Island County buses, pedestrians and cyclists. The planned improvements will make the highway safer for all its users, including pedestrians. An upgraded crosswalk, pedestrian activated flashing lights and overhead lights will improve connectivity and safety across SR 525 at South Woodard Avenue from the Freeland Trail and nearby park and ride to businesses on the north side of the highway.

During community outreach events, community members shared concern over people crossing SR 525 at unmarked locations where there are businesses on one side of the street and a park and ride on the other. Motorists also had concerns about rear-end crashes due to slowing traffic for left turns and the lack of sight distance in some areas.

The benefits of these corridor improvements include:

  • Safer access to public transportation stops and nearby businesses.
  • Reduced wait times for people driving.
  • Early notice of slowing traffic to help prevent rear-end crashes.

Timeline

Fall 2018: Advertise project for competitive bidding.
Winter 2018/2019: Project awarded to Northeast Electric, LLC.
June 3, 2019: Begin construction.
June 20, 2019: Finish construction.

Funding

The total estimated cost of this project is $900,000.

Contact

Andrea Petrich
Communications
360-757-5963
Petrica@wsdot.wa.gov

Shane Spahr
Project Engineer
360-848-7103
SpahrS@wsdot.wa.gov

 

A small map of the area of SR 525 where WSDOT will make corridor improvements through Freeland on Whidbey Island.

A small map of the area on Whidbey Island where WSDOT will make corridor improvements along SR 525 through Freeland.

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The intersection of SR 525 and South Woodard Avenue.

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The intersection of SR 525 and Fish Road/East Main Street.

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The intersection of SR 525 and Scott Road.