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Port Access Impaired during Josh Wilson Road Closures

Burlington – Access to Port of Skagit properties on Bay View Ridge from Interstate 5 in the north will be closed from July 9 through Aug. 17 while the Skagit Public Utility District No. 1 installs a new water line on Josh Wilson Road between Avon-Allen Road and Higgins Airport Way.

Two more sections of Josh Wilson Road east of Avon-Allen Road will be closed from Aug. 20 through Sept. 28, requiring detours to reach the port’s Skagit Regional Airport and Bayview Business Park from I-5 in the north. To see a map of the project area, click HERE.

Access to the port from Highway 20 via Higgins Airport Way and from Peterson Road will be unaffected by the closures.

The Josh Wilson Road Transmission Pipeline project consists of the installation of approximately 23,000 feet of new 18-inch diameter ductile iron pipe; connecting to the PUD’s existing 16-inch diameter transmission pipeline at Old Highway 99 North Road and Gear Road to the east and the existing 18-inch-diameter water transmission pipeline at Josh Wilson Road and Higgins Airport Way to the west. The work also will include installation of approximately 244 feet of 30-inch-diameter steel casing bored under Interstate 5, two road crossings, four connections to existing pipelines, construction of a PRV vault and mainline meter vault, and installation of fiber optic conduit, cable and vaults.

Additional roadway work includes the construction of roadway stabilization and guardrail repair for an approximate 400-foot section of Josh Wilson Road.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email