As of 2015, Washington state was home to roughly 307 roundabouts. For almost every Washingtonian, they’ve become a familiar part of our daily travel routine.

But two decades ago, in 1997, the number of roundabouts in the state was… 0.

It’s not just your imagination that roundabouts have been appearing all over the state in recent years. According to the state Department of Transportation, all of the state’s roundabouts were built in just the last 20 years, and many more are on the way.

Custom Concrete is OK with that. We’ve done a number of roundabout jobs over the years, including this one at Northwest Avenue and McLeod Road a couple of years ago that made heavy use of pervious concrete.

We’ve just completed our most recent roundabout, a traffic circle at the spot where Highway 9 intersects with Jameson Street and Rhodes Road in Sedro-Woolley.

The job was part of a public works project for the city, which for several years had identified an extension of Jameson Street to Highway 9 as a major public need. For the four-way roundabout section, which joins a well-traveled highway to two side streets, we used stamped, red-colored concrete. The large roundabout included 585 square yards of colored truck apron, which we stamped to emulate the look of textured red pavers.

In addition to the traffic circle, the project included an extension of Jameson Street through commercial property near Sedro-Woolley High School. We installed 2,100 square yards of brush-finished concrete sidewalk along the new street in addition to curbs, gutters and driveways.

The primary goal of this project, according to the Skagit Valley Herald, was to increase access to the city from Highway 9 while also improving vehicle and pedestrian safety near the high school.

As always, Custom Concrete Contracting is proud to work with local municipalities to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors. If you’d like to chat about how we work as a subcontractor on commercial and public works jobs in NW Washington, just give Dave Johnson a call.