Road report for Dec. 18-22

Holiday events, early dusk, street construction impact travel

December 15, 2017 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

The holidays are here, which could mean extra traffic in addition to wintry weather and early darkness. Plus there could be delays on some routes due to street construction projects.  Now that it's dark so long, it is especially important to watch for pedestrians who may be in dark clothing, as well as cyclists and other cars. Please travel with care!

Cornwall Avenue at Laurel Street
Work is well underway on the waterfront. The Granary Avenue and Laurel Street project will include new public and franchise utilities, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, parking, landscaping and street lighting, as well as street access to the waterfront. Drivers should expect construction equipment and delivery vehicles coming and going from the former G-P waterfront area at Chestnut as well as the Cornwall and Laurel intersection. Drivers should be alert for contractor traffic accessing the Granary building via a new (temporary) driveway on Roeder. For more information, contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

West Maplewood Avenue – Northwest Ave to Alderwood Ave
Construction on this multimodal improvement project – to improve sidewalks, street surfacing, bike lanes, drainage, access and illumination – is on hiatus.  Construction work is now on hold for winter, due to availability of paving materials and weather.  The project will resume in late February or early March 2018.  For more information, visit the City's web page for the West Maplewood Multimodal Improvements, or contact Stephen Day, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7944.

James Street at Woodstock Way
Woodstock Way and James Street are fully open to traffic; however, there is still some work being done while traffic flows. The project was done to improve safety as well as pedestrian and bicycle route connectivity.  For more, visit the City's web page, Woodstock Intersection Improvements, or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, or (360) 778-7922. 

Silver Beach Ave and Arbor Court
Construction on the City's new water pretreatment plant inside Whatcom Falls Park occurs between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., with occasional later hours, Monday-Friday. Park visitors may experience traffic associated with that work with periodic flagging and limited trail access. Construction may be impacted by inclement weather. Parking at Arbor Court and adjacent access to the waterline trail is closed through 2018. 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.

WSDOT and Whatcom County
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) often have projects scheduled in or near Bellingham. To find out, visit  For updates on Whatcom County Public Works traffic projects near Bellingham, visit

Your Public Works team 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 questions, contact

Media Contact

​ Paul Reed, Construction Manager
City of Bellingham - Public Works  
(360) 778-7929

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