Washington State Route 538

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State Route 538 marker

State Route 538
College Way
A map of western Skagit County that shows the current route SR 538 highlighted in red.
SR 538 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-5
Defined by RCW 47.17.780
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 3.62 mi[2] (5.83 km)
Existed: 1964[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑5 in Mount Vernon
East end: SR 9 near Mount Vernon
Highway system
SR 536 SR 539

State Route 538 (SR 538, alternatively named College Way) is a 3.62-mile (5.83 km) long state highway located within the northern area of Mount Vernon city limits and the urban growth boundary, located in Skagit County, a subdivision of the U.S. state of Washington. The highway, which has existed as a county road since 1911, travels from Interstate 5 (I-5) in the west, passing former U.S. Route 99 (US 99), now Riverside Drive, and Skagit Valley College's main Mount Vernon campus before terminating at a roundabout with SR 9.

Before being designated Secondary State Highway 1G (SSH 1G) in 1937, the current roadway that is now SR 538 was a county road through farmland for 26 years. SSH 1G traveled between Primary State Highway 1 (PSH 1), also known as US 99, and SSH 1A until 1964, when the current designation of SR 538 was created. US 99 was bypassed by I-5 after 1966 and became Riverside Drive. The roundabout at SR 9 was constructed in 2007 while the Riverside Drive intersection was widened in 2009.

Route description[edit]

State Route 538 (SR 538) begins at the Interstate 5 (I-5) interchange in northern Mount Vernon located south of the Skagit River.[3] The roadway, which handled a daily average of 27,000 motorists at the interchange in 2008,[4] is named College Way and travels east through a commercial zone, passing Riverside Drive, the former route of U.S. Route 99 (US 99),[5] and crossing a set of rail tracks used by BNSF Railway.[6] Transitioning from a commercial to residential area, the Mount Vernon campus of the Skagit Valley College, located on the north side of the highway, is passed and eventually SR 538 leaves Mount Vernon city limits.[2][7][8] The road turns southeast and ends at a roundabout with SR 9 within Mount Vernon's urban growth boundary.[9][10]

History[edit]

Originating as a county road by 1911,[11] SR 538 was designated Secondary State Highway 1G (SSH 1G) in 1937. SSH 1G ran from Primary State Highway 1 (PSH 1), co-signed as U.S. Route 99 (US 99), to SSH 1A.[12] During the 1964 highway renumbering, SR 538 was created to replace SSH 1G, PSH 1 and US 99 were replaced with Interstate 5 (I-5) and SR 9 replaced SSH 1A.[13] I-5 was not built until after 1966 and the western terminus of SR 538 was still US 99.[14] Between early June and late July 2007,[15][16] the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) constructed a roundabout at the SR 9 and Schopf Lane intersection,[17][18] the first in Skagit County.[15] The new roundabout reduced the length of SR 538 by 0.05-mile (0.08 km).[2] In early 2009, between I-5 and 18th Street, WSDOT repaved the highway and expanded the Riverside Drive intersection.[19][20] Cemex Pacific Holdings was awarded the contract for repaving the road on 20 January and construction began with the closure of the Riverside Drive intersection on 31 May.[21][22][23] The closure, which was delayed from 3 May,[24][25] lasted until 4 June.[26] Actual repaving happened in late June of that year.[27]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Skagit County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Mount Vernon 0.00 0.00 I‑5 – Seattle, Vancouver, BC Western terminus, interchange; continues west as West College Way
0.27 0.43 Riverside Drive Former US 99
  3.62 5.83 SR 9 – Sedro-Woolley, Arlington Eastern terminus, roundabout
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Washington State Legislature (1970). "RCW 41.17.780: State route No. 538". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Washington State Department of Transportation (2008). "State Highway Log: Planning Report, SR 2 to SR 971". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (25 June 2009). "SR 5– Exit 227; Junction SR 538/College Way". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2008). "2008 Annual Traffic Report". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  5. ^ TranTech Engineering, LLC (2008). "Old 99 (Riverside Drive) Improvements – Cities of Mount Vernon & Burlington". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2008). Washington State Railroad System (Map). http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/1DFCBFA0-1A9D-4838-A74F-7841BF22E9C3/0/Railmap_update_Sept2008.pdf. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  7. ^ Skagit Valley College (2009). "Locations". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Skagit Valley College (March 2009). Mount Vernon Campus (Map). http://www.skagit.edu/images/color_mvCampus.pdf. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  9. ^ Google Inc. "State Route 538". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=W+College+Way%2FWA-538&daddr=WA-9&hl=en&geocode=FbwS4wId1jW1-A%3BFfD74gIdymK2-A&mra=ls&sll=48.43061,-122.261524&sspn=0.005005,0.009624&ie=UTF8&ll=48.429998,-122.311993&spn=0.080074,0.15398&z=13. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  10. ^ City of Mount Vernon (2007). City of Mount Vernon 2007 (Map). 1" = 1000'. http://www.ci.mount-vernon.wa.us/imageuploads/Media-2164.pdf. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  11. ^ Washington State University (1911). Mount Vernon (1911) (Map). 1:125,000. Washington 1;125,000 topographic quadrangles. Cartography by United States Geological Survey. http://content.wsulibs.wsu.edu/cgi-bin/pview.exe?CISOROOT=/maps&CISOPTR=447&CISORESTMP=/qbuild/buildplate11.html&CISOVIEWTMP=/qbuild/buildplate12.html&CISOROWS=2&CISOCOLS=5&CISOCLICK=title:subjec:creato:date:type. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  12. ^ Washington State Legislature (18 March 1937). "Chapter 207: Classification of Public Highways". Session Laws of the State of Washington. Session Laws of the State of Washington (1937 edition ed.). Olympia, Washington: Washington State Legislature. p. 935. Retrieved 3 October 2009. (g) Secondary State Highway No. 1G; beginning at Mt. Vernon on Primary State Highway No. 1, thence in an easterly direction by the most feasible route to a junction with Secondary State Highway No. 1A. 
  13. ^ C. G. Prahl (1 December 1965). "Identification of State Highways". Washington State Highway Commission, Department of Highways. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  14. ^ University of Texas at Austin (1966). Victoria, 1966 (Map). 1:250,000. Cartography by United States Geological Survey. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/250k/txu-pclmaps-topo-us-victoria-1966.jpg. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  15. ^ a b "Roundabout Construction Begins near Mount Vernon" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "New Roundabout Open to Traffic East of Mount Vernon" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  17. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2007). "SR 9 – SR 538 Intersection Improvements – Complete August 2007". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  18. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2005). SR 9 – SR 538 Intersection Improvements (Map). Cartography by Tele Atlas. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR9/SR538IntersectionImprovements/Map.htm. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  19. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2009). "SR 536/SR 538 – Paving". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  20. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2007, 2009). SR 536/SR 538 Paving (Map). Cartography by Tele Atlas. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR536/SR538Paving/ProjectMap.htm. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  21. ^ "WSDOT awards SR 536, SR 538 paving project in Mount Vernon" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  22. ^ "Weeklong SR 538/Riverside Drive intersection closure begins May 31 in Mount Vernon" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  23. ^ Staff writer (24 January 2009). "Construction to begin in spring on College Way/Riverside intersection". Skagit Valley Herald (Mount Vernon). Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  24. ^ "SR 538/Riverside Drive intersection closure begins May 3 in Mount Vernon" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  25. ^ "SR 538/Riverside Drive intersection closure delayed one week" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  26. ^ "SR 538/Riverside Drive intersection work wraps up early in Mount Vernon" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  27. ^ "Crews to repave SR 538 in Mount Vernon" (Press release). Washington State Department of Transportation. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing