Highway 20 turn options presented

Almost four months ago, the community suggested the idea of safety improvements along Highway 20 near Parker and Morris roads, east of Coupeville. Now it’s time for island drivers and residents to see what design options the Washington State Department of Transportation is considering.

WSDOT will present eight options, along with updated plans for a new left turn lane on Highway 20 near the Island County transfer station, at an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Coupeville High School Commons. A brief presentation at 6:15 p.m. will feature comments from Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, and speakers from WSDOT and Island Transit.

“We’re committed to working with the community to find a way to make the roads safer with the money we have,” said Shane Spahr, WSDOT project engineer, in a release. “Hearing from the people who live, work and drive in this area will help us design a solution that works for everyone.”

As part of its facility expansion, Island Transit proposes to realign Parker Road and has been collaborating with WSDOT on plans for safety improvements at Parker and Morris roads. Staff from Island Transit will be on hand to discuss their project.

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