The Washington state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and BP Cherry Point refinery have plans to build a roundabout on State Route 548 at the intersection of Grandview and Blaine roads and will host an open house next week to answer questions.
Residents and drivers will have an opportunity to view design plans and talk with engineers in an informal setting from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 4, at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7309 Jackson Road, Blaine.
BP will pay for the roundabout, while WSDOT will oversee its design and construction. Construction will begin this summer and should be complete in the fall.
Currently, the intersection is controlled by stop signs and is a bottleneck for drivers, especially during shift changes at the refinery. “The roundabout should take care of the congestion, and make the intersection safer,” said BP project manager Dan Abbey. “It will also make it easier for our large trucks to get in and out of the refinery.”
Abbey added it will also help prevent future serious collisions for the 4,000 drivers who use the intersection daily. From 2004 to 2009, there were eight collisions that resulted in 10 injuries.