Kelsey/Blueberry Intersection Improvements

Project Description

This intersection is problematic and congested at times. Improving the intersection is complicated due to the immediate proximity of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and US2. The flow of traffic is sensitive to both the tracks being clear and the US2 signal phasing. The proposed project would add a northbound left turn lane beginning at North Street, which will provide a turn pocket for vehicles wanting to enter onto Blueberry Lane. The intersection improvements will also add some capacity to the left turn queue at US2. Additionally, a yelow centerline curb barrier will be constructed to prohibit left turn movements into and out of the Denny's and Rite Aid driveways accessing N. Kelsey Street. 

For more information, please contact the project manager:
Scott Peterson, PE
(360) 863-4606


The City conducted an Open House on June 26th to provide information to the public. Meanwhile, the project was advertised for contractor bids, with three contractors responding to the ad. The construction contract is expected to be awarded on July 23rd, and actual construction activity beginning around August 19th.

During construction a detour route will be in place. Phase 1 detour will redirect close southbound Kelsey Street in the project area. Phase 2 will close both directions of Kelsey Street in the project area. See the detour route images below for more information.

Project Timeline  
Council Discussion December 6, 2016
Open House Event January 12, 2017
Council Discussion January 24, 2017
Authorize Project January 16, 2018
Award Design Contract April 10, 2018
Complete Design December 31, 2018
Obtain UTC Approval May 2019
Advertise for Contractor Bids June 2019
Begin Construction August 2019
End Construction November 2019
Channelization Plan
Detour Route Phase 1
Detour Route Phase 2