Road restrictions and closures for June 19-23

Road conditions can change quickly

June 16, 2017 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

During the summer there are more events and activities.  And, in addition to these traffic impacts and driver distractions, there are some potential road closures due to ongoing construction projects.  As always, it is important to focus on pedestrians and cyclists as well as traffic conditions.  Unless otherwise noted, businesses near street construction ARE open.   

12th Street – at Mill Avenue
Construction is underway on a street project at 12th and Mill.  The project includes removal of a portion of 12th Street north of Mill Avenue and construction of a new connection from Finnegan Way to 12th Street.  The Library will remain open, although there may be temporary lane revisions and the existing 12th street will be closed at times.  Currently the new 12th street alignment is excavated and the street is being constructed.  For more information, contact Sam Shipp, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7942. 

James Street – at Woodstock Way
Beginning Monday June 19, Woodstock Way will be closed for work on the intersection of Woodstock and James Street.  There may be travel delays as drivers will be redirected around Sunset Square Center from Woodstock throughout this project, which is being done to improve safety as well as pedestrian and bicycle route connectivity.  James Street will remain open to traffic until it can be routed to the new Woodstock way.  For more information, visit the City's web page, Woodstock Intersection Improvements, or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, or (360) 778-7922.

Holly Street – from Railroad Avenue to Bay Street
Work to upgrade sidewalks and repave Holly Street between Railroad and Bay is its final days. Traffic flagging and pedestrian route detours continue, as final striping, sidewalk repairs and clean-up are done. Note: parking on Holy Street may be closed occasionally (parking should be available on cross streets and in the Commercial Street Parking Garage.)  For more information, contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

West Holly Street – from Central Avenue to Broadway
Work to restore and set utility lids will continue through the early part of this week, along with final pavement striping.  Businesses remain open, though there may be temporary lane revisions and on-street parking restrictions on this watermain utility replacement project.  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. 

Silver Beach Ave and Arbor Court
Construction on the City's new water pretreatment plant inside Whatcom Falls Park will be limited to a four-day week, 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) may have projects scheduled in or near Bellingham. To find out, visit the Washington State Department of Transportation.  For updates on Whatcom County Public Works traffic projects near Bellingham, visit

Your Public Works staff 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

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​Paul Reed, Construction Manager
Public Works Department

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