Getting ready to rumble in the North Cascades

Safety project adds layer of protection along one of Washington's most scenic highways

By Frances Fedoriska

Few will dispute emerald valleys, snow-capped monoliths and crystal clean waters make State Route 20 certainly one of probably essentially the foremost pretty drives within the Pacific Northwest. However, using by means of the winding wilderness requires whole focus, that's tough with such pretty scenery. This spring, contractor crews operating for WSDOT will set up security upgrades at the road.
Getting to Diablo Lake is about to get a little bit safer thanks to a project putting
rumble strips on more than 40 miles of State Route 20.

Collision history
Between 2014 and 2018, SR 20 from Marblemount to Granite Creek had thirteen collisions involving automobiles crossing over the middle line. Five of those had been head-on collisions.
This spring, 42 miles of SR 20 in the Cascades is getting new centerline
rumble strips to reduce crossover collisions.

Rumble strips 101
When tires roll over the grooves that had been carved into the asphalt, they produce a loud rumbling noise. This signals the driver to transfer again into their lane. Based on nationwide research, those strips scale back the threat of head-on or reverse direction collisions by means of way of 21-25%.
Expect lane reductions and slow-going on the North Cascades Highway as crews
cut rumble strips into the center line of the road.

Meanwhile out west...
Contractor crews may even set up centerline rumble strips on SR 20 in Skagit County as aspect of this project. In Anacortes, they may divide the street from simply east of Deception Pass Tours to the enviornment of the brand new Miller-Gibralter roundabout.

What we need from drivers
Work will start once Monday, April 29 and final for about one month. The road will by no means be totally closed, but lane reductions are probably to supply our crews a secure house to work. Be ready for backups and delays if traveling SR 20:

In the North Cascades, the road could be decreased to a single lane with flaggers or pilot vehicles alternating site visitors 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday by means of Friday.
In Skagit County, the road could be decreased to a single lane with flaggers or pilot vehicles alternating site visitors nightly from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. here day. Crews won't work on Friday and Saturday nights.
Stay engaged

Exact dates for the work have now not been released. As quickly as they are, you will discover them:

Announced in our weekly listserv. I'll inform you the place crews had been and the place they're going next
Follow the @wsdot_north Twitter account
Know earlier than you cross by checking for updates our construction webpage
Thanks in advanceTravelers play a key position in supporting us enhance road safety. Thank you for giving our crews room to work, remaining affected person throughout backups and delays, and teaching your self about what is going on on our roads. Please share this news with pals and household who will discover it useful. Together, we are able to get again to correctly exploring the parks, puts and hidden areas we adore within the PNW.


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