The old saying “it’ll get worse before it gets better” sure fits the current state of traffic flow past the Five Corners roundabout construction site. The project is now in full swing, and it’s more congested than ever.
Traffic is down to one lane in all directions, and as crews move from one part of the project to another, that lane can shift locations several times daily. And each time it does, it has to be re-marked before flaggers can wave traffic through, adding to the wait times.
If you drive through Five Corners, expect to sit in a lineup of up to 30 cars and wait 10 minutes or more to get through.
Flaggers and police are doing their best to keep everything moving, but with construction equipment in constant motion, scores of workers in the street focused on the job at hand, and heavy auto traffic coming from five directions, it’s a tough job.
“We’re hearing some pretty colorful language from certain motorists,” said Edmonds Police Sgt. Machado, who was managing the traffic flow on Thursday morning. “But by and large folks are understanding.”
And it’s no picnic for pedestrians either, with temporary crosswalks being relocated several times daily, and 5- to 10-minute waits to cross the street.
Your best bet for now: Whether you’re walking or driving, avoid Five Corners if at all possible and use an alternate route. And if you have to pass through the area, be patient and remember that police, flaggers and construction workers are doing the best they can to safely navigate you through the area.
Story and photos by Larry Vogel