Washington State Department of Transportation officials announced today crews from Tiger Construction are expected to begin work on Monday, July 16th, on a new 4-leg roundabout at the intersection of Grandview Road and Kickerville Road.
The intersection went from a 2-way to a 4-way stop when the Slater Road project detour included it on the truck detour route. It was announced in December the 4-way stop would remain in place until a roundabout could be constructed at the intersection.
Noting the roundabout project location is on “a busy freight route connecting a Whatcom County refinery to Interstate 5 and the access point to summer adventure at Birch Bay State Park,” WSDOT officials estimate the project will continue into the middle of August.
Crews will alternate traffic on SR548 (Grandview Road) during most of their work and close one side of access to and from Kickerville Road during the first four weeks of construction. Detours will be in place via Bay, Blaine, Grandview, North Star and Brown Roads to get around the project area.
More specifically, the following schedule is expected to be followed.
- Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20 – Crews will alternate traffic on SR548 and close access to and from the intersection from the northern side of Kickerville Road while they excavate the area, widen the roadway and make stormwater improvements.
- Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27 – Crews will alternate traffic on SR548 and close access to and from the southern section of Kickerville Road as they excavate and widen that side of SR548.
- Monday, July 30, through Sunday, August 5 – Crews will alternate traffic on SR548 and close access to and from the southern section of Kickerville Road as they install roundabout islands and curbing on the southern side of SR548.
- Monday, August 5, through Sunday, August 12 – Crews will alternate traffic along SR548 and close the northern access to and from Kickerville Road while they build the northern side of the roundabout.
- Monday, August 13, through Friday, August 17 – Crews will put down a final layer of asphalt, clean-up the area and apply temporary striping. Flaggers will alternate travelers through the area during some of this work.
Crews will apply permanent striping in the fall and will require some lane closures during that work. WSDOT officials advise the work schedule could shift due to weather and contractor progress.
WSDOT received some funding toward this federally funded project from BP America. The project is estimated to cost $1.5 million.