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It's road work time

"Summer is right around the corner. But you'd better take the corner slowly because road construction may be waiting.This summer, Whidbey motorists will get a bit of a break from the major projects that have torn up large sections of the island's two state highways for years. Part of the reason is that budget cuts prompted by Initiative 695 have put some projects on indefinite hold. Others will get late starts and probably won't be completed in one season.That doesn't mean there won't be some delays and detours however. Traveling from south to north here's what you're likely to run into.STATE ROUTE 20Zylstra Road at Penn Cove: Addition of a final layer of asphalt to complete the project begun last year. Reseeding and replanting of the hillsides will also take place. Work is likely occur in July and August to take advantage of dry weather.Deception and Canoe Pass Bridges: Addition of a pedestrian undercrossing will improve safety and reduce the need for pedestrians to cross the highway to get to the other side of the bridge. The work includes building stairs at all four corners of Deception Pass Bridge and the construction of a walkway on the west side of the highway on Pass Island. The walkway will connect the sidewalks on the Deception and Canoe Pass Bridges. A disabled access viewpoint will be built on the east side of the highway on Pass Island and the current parking lot there will be converted to disabled parking only. Several rock walls will support the stairs and paths. All re-vegetation for the project will be done with local plants.Contractor bids will be mailed at the end of July. Work will probably take place in late August and September. All work will happen under the bridge and only minor traffic delays are expected.STATE ROUTE 525At milepost 9.5 in Clinton: Guardrail work and the addition of crushed rock to improve safety. This will be a short, 10-day project that should not cause major delays.Bayview Road intersection: A new traffic light originally scheduled for installation this year has been deleted from the current schedule because of budget cuts. No new date has been set.Fish Road intersection in Freeland: Widening and rebuilding of the highway and addition of a new traffic signal. Work is expected to begin June 5.Vicinity of Classic Road south of Greenbank: A 1 1/2-mile section of the highway from just south of Classic Road to about Witte Road will be widened. Though tree cutting has already begun, the actual construction part of this project will probably not get started until late July at the earliest. As a result, only about one-third of the total project length will be completed this summer."

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