Roundabouts will make entering highway safer for students, parents
Kids and parents are completing the finishing touches of their back-to-school preparations and the City of Lake Stevens and Washington Department of Transportation is also completing theirs.
The two roundabouts, located at 99th Avenue NE and 113th Avenue NE both at SR 92, were open for traffic on Saturday, Aug. 24 after shutting down the highway for just over a week.
The roundabouts are both near schools where it can become a little difficult to turn onto SR 92 before and after school each day.
Students at Highland Elementary School, Sunnycrest Elementary School and Lake Stevens High School will now be safer at these heavy traffic times.
WSDOT explains that with increased development in the area, this stretch of SR 92 now sees up to 21,000 drivers per day. Prior to this project, people entering the highway from 99th Avenue NE or 113th Avenue NE had long delays waiting for a gap. Roundabouts will benefit these busy intersections by eliminating the stop-and-go traffic and reducing the risk and severity of collisions.
“We would like to thank drivers for their patience and flexibility during this closure,” said Janice Fahning, WSDOT project engineer. “The long-term benefits of these roundabouts will serve people for years to come.”
The city appreciates the hard work the crew has put in to get the projects open to traffic before the start of school next week.
“This is a very impressive amount of work being performed in such a tight timeframe,” Mick Monken, Public Works Director for the City of Lake Stevens said.
Drivers who are unfamiliar with roundabouts can learn more about them on the WSDOT YouTube channel.