Road restrictions and closures Dec. 19-22

Weather and road conditions can change rapidly

December 16, 2016 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

As we adjust to snow and cold weather, you may want to allow a little extra commute time. Not just because of extra drivers out shopping and potentially slippery streets, but also because some Bellingham city streets will have traffic limitations during the week of December 19-22 (Friday, Dec. 23 is a City of Bellingham holiday) as construction continues on road projects.  Remember, weather and road conditions can change rapidly; drivers should plan accordingly.  Here's current road work underway:

Silver Beach Ave and Arbor Court  
Now that construction is beginning on the City's new water pretreatment plant (inside Whatcom Falls Park) drivers, residents and visitors may experience traffic associated with that work. There will be periodic flagging and limited trail access. Also: there will be a safety drill at the water treatment plant on Tuesday, Dec. 20, so those in the park will hear alarm horns and may see safety activities in progress. Also note: parking at Arbor Court and adjacent access to the waterline trail will be closed through 2018 to allow for construction. For more information, visit the City's web page at DAF Water Treatment Plant or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

West Holly Street – from Central Avenue to Broadway
Drivers should expect daytime construction with flagging, temporary lane revisions, and on-street parking restrictions, as crews work on a watermain utility replacement project.  Road work for this week will generally be near Maritime Heritage Park and C Street.  For more information, visit the City's web page for the 2016 Watermain Replacement Program or contact Stephen Day, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7944. 

C Street and Roeder  
The Port of Bellingham has been installing a city watermain on C and Roeder. Most of the work is on C Street, with intermittent delays on Roeder. As needed flaggers are directing traffic through the work zone.

WSDOT and Whatcom County
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) does not have any projects scheduled in Bellingham, but there is construction work throughout Whatcom County. For details, visit the Washington State Department of Transportation.  For updates on Whatcom County Public Works traffic projects near Bellingham, visit

Your City of Bellingham Public Works Department provides this “road report” as a public service, based on currently available information. When traveling through a construction area – whether walking, cycling or driving – please be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work including resurfacing, sidewalk construction, water and sewer main work, and utility cuts. Dates, times and work locations may change, depending on inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules. For general questions, please query

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Paul Reed, Construction Manager
Public Works Department

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