Transportation project plan out for public comment | Local News

Skagit County staff presented a draft plan for transportation projects Wednesday night and asked the public to comment on which projects should be priorities when it comes to seeking grant funding.

The Transportation Improvement Program consists of projects that need state and federal grant funding and plans out projects over the next six years.

“When we’re looking for grant funding, the project needs to be in here,” said Forrest Jones, transportation programs section manager with the county.

The goal for the 40-project plan is to have each project funded by 2023, Jones said.

In this year’s revision of the plan, three new projects are under consideration to be added.

That includes electronic ice warning signs for Alger Cain Lake Road and South Skagit Highway because of a high number of ice-related accidents on stretches of those roads, Jones said.

He said the county is also planning a study on the intersection of Farm to Market Road and Josh Wilson Road to decide what types of safety improvements are needed to reduce accidents.

Improvements would aim to reduce the county’s fatal crash rate on roads with 50 mph speed limits. Currently, 46.4 percent of the county’s fatal or serious crashes happen on these roads, compared to 25.8 percent statewide, he said.

Finally, the county is considering adding or improving guardrails along Bow Hill Road and South Skagit Highway.

Four projects, Jones said, are being removed from last year’s plan, either because they reached their funding goals or are no longer deemed necessary.

One of these projects was the Lower Finney Creek Bridge resurfacing, which was completed about two weeks ago.

Of the handful of public comments at the Wednesday night meeting, Jones said he was interested in following up on a complaint about Alger Cain Lake Road.

He said the road is seeing more traffic…

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