New College Way Lanes Open


MOUNT VERNON—Construction of the College Way widening project, under
Interstate 5 is nearing completion. Crews are wrapping up a few finishing touches,
as the two lanes that have been added to the corridor are opening up for drivers
this week.

The interchange now features an additional outside lane on both the eastbound
and the westbound sides of College Way, and has some local drivers asking how
the updates will impact traffic flow, as well as how they will navigate the changes.
“Simply put, these improvements are going to help traffic to flow more smoothly
through this area,” Public Works Director Esco Bell said. “And we believe that the
lanes have been marked very well, and that navigating the interchange will be
intuitive for drivers.”

The $8 million dollar project was largely paid for by State and Federal funding,
and included a Skagit County economic grant. Improvements began in early 2019,
and crews were able to keep all lanes open to traffic in both directions for the
majority of the duration of the work; causing very little disruption to daily
commute times.

“We came up with a plan that would eliminate long backups, and we kept our
overall costs down,” Bell said. “A project done this way may take longer to
complete, but it’s done with minimal impact to residents, and the project

The widening project is expected to accommodate increasing traffic volumes, and
at a fraction of what the cost would be to completely rebuild the interchange.



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