Roundabout Construction Begins May 7

Posted April 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm by

Spring Street and Argyle Avenue inter­sec­tion closed four days begin­ning May 7th Paint­ed round­about to be installed.

The pub­lic is advised that the inter­sec­tion of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue will be closed to all traf­fic day and night for four days begin­ning May 7th for the instal­la­tion of an inter­sec­tion roundabout.

This clo­sure will include Spring Street from Sec­ond Street to Argyle Avenue. There may be times when access to Nichols Street and the Wells Far­go park­ing lot may be restrict­ed. All busi­ness­es will remain open and vehi­cle access to the gas pumps will be main­tained. The Town asks for the community’s patience and offers assur­ance that every effort will be made to lim­it the incon­ve­nience to the pub­lic while this traf­fic improve­ment is under construction.

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The round­about is expect­ed to lim­it poten­tial haz­ards and dri­ver frus­tra­tion in this awk­ward inter­sec­tion, accord­ing to Town Admin­is­tra­tor Dun­can Wil­son. “Stud­ies have indi­cat­ed that round­abouts can be safer and more effi­cient than stop signs or traf­fic lights,” said Wil­son, adding that this will also give dri­vers an alter­na­tive to cir­cling the block to regain access to low­er Spring Street.

The Town opt­ed to install a mini round­about that is paint­ed rather than a per­ma­nent raised island due to the low­er cost and space limitations.

Con­struc­tion will include instal­la­tion of a paint­ed traf­fic cir­cle, direc­tion­al sig­nage, cross­walks, and yield signs.   A draw­ing of the inter­sec­tion and links to infor­ma­tion on traf­fic round­abouts may be found at this link (PDF), or on the Town’s web­site at www.fridayharbor.org. Ques­tions regard­ing the project should be direct­ed to Pub­lic Works Direc­tor Wayne Hae­fele at (360)378‑2154 or wayneh@fridayharbor.org.

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One comment...

  1. Will large deliv­ery trucks with trail­ers and/or dou­ble trail­ers be able to nego­ti­ate the pro­posed round­about? I have seen trucks going over the cen­ter and bump­ing side curbs on the main­land. If its too small for the huge trucks, what will be their alter­na­tive route?

    Comment by Nancy Sheplor on April 28, 2018 at 8:59 am

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