Freeland intersections getting safety updates

Expect traffic delays through June

Traffic should flow smoother at three key intersections in Freeland after road construction is complete later this month.

Crews contracted by the state Department of Transportation are making a series of improvements along a one-mile stretch of Highway 525, said WSDOT spokesperson Ally Barrera.

Work is underway at South Woodard Avenue and Highway 525, where an upgraded crosswalk, featuring new overhead lighting and pedestrian-activated flashing beacons, is being installed. Drivers turning left from the highway onto Main Street or Fish Road will no longer have to wait for a green arrow after that project is finished. Crews are replacing the existing turn signal – which only has solid red, yellow and green arrows – with one that includes a flashing yellow arrow.

At Scott Road, one of the more dangerous places to turn left onto Highway 525, a warning system is being installed that will detect when vehicles are pulling out.

“In the years we spent gathering community feedback about this project, many expressed concern over rear-end crashes near this intersection due to slowing traffic for left turns,” Barrera said.

Crews will embed vehicle detection loops into the highway, which is a component of the department’s Intelligent Transportation Systems.

“It will trip an advanced warning sign that will flash when there is a turning vehicle or slowed traffic ahead,” Barrera said. “This early notice will help prevent rear-end collisions.”

Crews are doing most of the work overnight, Sunday through Friday. Highway 525 will be reduced to one lane so travelers should allow for 5-10 minute delays as flaggers alternate traffic.

The project is expected to be completed in three weeks.

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