The project will reconstruct the existing roadway relocating it to the north, away from the adjacent drainage ditch on the south side of the road. Geotechnical Reports indicate inadequate native soils below the subgrade that will require pre-loading to stabilize the road shift to the north.
Skagit County is proposing to construct 12-foot lanes and 6-foot shoulders, for a 36-foot cross section. This cross section would widen both the existing travel lanes and shoulders, which is currently a 32-foot cross section. This area is mostly rural and runs through agriculture lands with no horizontal curvature. In addition, roadside hazards located on the north shoulder will be mitigated that include utility pole relocation, water vaults being set to grade, and barrier protection improvements and installation.
Josh Wilson Road is a Rural Minor Arterial that serves the Port of Skagit County, a major industrial area for the County. This road is also an alternate/parallel rout to SR 20 that has a direct access to Interstate 5 and State Route 11, linking both the Port and Bay View Ridge areas.