Road Report for Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Trick or Treaters, new construction to impact traffic

October 26, 2017 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and outreach

With Halloween looming, we can expect hordes of small candy-seekers on City streets and roadways. And with darkness descending ever-earlier, it is increasingly important to watch for these special pedestrians, as well as cyclists and other cars. And of course, street conditions.  Please travel with care! Reminder, unless specifically noted, businesses near street construction ARE open.

Cornwall Avenue at Laurel Street
Work is now underway on the Granary Avenue and Laurel Street project, which 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 exiting and entering the former GP waterfront area at the Cornwall and Laurel intersection. For more information, contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

N. State Street, N. Forest Street, Orleans Street, Woburn Street  
Work is underway to improve roadway striping and add bike lanes on several streets around town. Drivers should expect short delays due to necessary lane closures, restricted parking, and at times, roads reduced to a single lane.  It is imperative that drivers stay in the directed lane: do not drive over wet paint. Scheduling of work is weather dependent. For more information, contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923.

West Maplewood Avenue – Northwest Ave to Alderwood Ave
Construction is underway on this multimodal improvement project, which will improve sidewalks, street surfacing, bike lanes, drainage, access and illumination.  Travelers and residents should expect flagging, temporary lane revisions, on-street parking restrictions, and intermittent delays for construction work.  There will be a two-week road closure, scheduled to wrap up Monday, October 30.   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 is open to traffic and the south leg of James St is closed from the Woodstock intersection south. Work continues on Woodstock Way and will have one lane flagging at different times.  The closure will allow the James Street half of the intersection to be worked on while minimizing the detour length.  Traffic is routed to Orleans Street via Woodstock Way. The project is being done to improve safety as well as pedestrian and bicycle route connectivity.  For more information, 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 is underway 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, with occasional Friday work. 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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