Heading into the final week of 2016, you may want to allow a little extra commute time. Not just because there may be more drivers out on vacation and potential winter weather, but also because some Bellingham city streets will have traffic limitations during the holiday-shortened week of December 27-30 (Monday, Dec. 26 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 has begun on the City's new water pretreatment plant (inside Whatcom Falls Park) drivers, residents and visitors may experience traffic associated with that work with periodic flagging and limited trail access. There will likely be more noise than normal, due to stump-grinding. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7924.
West Holly Street – from Central Avenue to Broadway
Drivers should expect construction with flagging, temporary lane revisions, and on-street parking restrictions, as crews work on a watermain utility replacement project. Night work near the Whatcom Creek bridge is expected to occur Wednesday night, Dec. 28. Road work will most likely 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 email@example.com or (360) 778-7944.
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 http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/308/Public-Works.
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 AskPW@cob.org.