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Frontier Village Intersection Project Nears Completion
Long-awaited highway overhaul adds FOUR roundabouts to junction of SR-9 and SR-204
The Frontier Village intersection overhaul has reached the final stages of construction and work is ongoing at a fevered pitch. Dump trucks, deliveries, front loaders, road graders, semis and more churn back-and-forth day and night from the project headquarters, located next to Chevron on Vernon Rd. The project is set for a Fall completion, according to a state transportation release.
State crews have recently completed a new northbound lane on SR-9 between Market and 4th.
Up next? The installation of two major roundabouts, one that will replace the existing Frontier Village intersection and allow traffic to directly enter and exit Frontier Village from SR-9.
The second roundabout is just north of the first — it basically replaces the small existing roundabout at Vernon and N. Davies Rd with a much larger roundabout that allows access to and from SR-9 as well as direct access to the business on the west side of SR-9. In other words, you’ll be able to hit a roundabout from Wendy’s and proceed directly down Davies or Vernon.
Background: In 2016, WSDOT formed a stakeholder advisory group to advise on developing and evaluating improvement options. The group reviewed multiple design options which were presented to the public at open houses in 2017. After hearing the public feedback, the group agreed on a preliminary preferred alternative to improve the intersection.
However, during design, the project team looked at underground subsurface conditions and discovered the groundwater level is just nine feet below the surface. This meant the cost, materials and overall feasibility of the preferred alternative needed further review.
Re-evaluating the design in 2018 allowed for further innovation and cost savings while staying true to the project's purpose, need and traffic performance. The team reviewed a widening option and a roundabout option.