Spring Ferry Schedule Begins April 2

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On Sunday, April 2, the Washington State Ferries will begin its Spring 2017 schedule and the MV Chelan ferry will return to its regular Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Sidney schedule.

Hosted by the Sidney International Ferry Terminal, a 40-minute welcoming ceremony will take place in Sidney where passengers from Anacortes and Friday Harbor will come ashore to celebrate. Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere will be in attendance as well as State and local council members, in addition to Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore and Sidney Mayor Steve Price and other dignitaries.

Following the ceremony the ferry will return to Anacortes. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

For additional ferry information, please visit WSDOT.WA.GOV/FERRIES.

Sharpes Corner/Hwy. 20 Roundabout to Begin Summer 2018

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More than 30,000 cars travel through the intersection at Sharpes Corner on Highway 20 in Anacortes every day, and there are about 14 accidents at the same intersection each year.  As the main route to and from Anacortes, the Washington State Ferries route to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. as well as the only land access point to Whidbey Island, traffic worsens during the summer and is often stalled, causing high-speed, rear-end collisions.

After a series of public forums, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) found that moving forward with a roundabout was the best option and will reduce all collisions by 40 percent.  Projected to begin summer 2018 for completion fall 2019, the roundabout will also allow for better traffic circulation and reduce travel time through the intersection by 80 percent.

For more information about the Sharpes Corner roundabout at Highway 20 in Anacortes, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr20/sharpescornerinterchange/.