March came in like a lion; still to determine if it's going out like a lamb. What we do know is that since there is ongoing construction, there will be a traffic impact on City streets. You may find some traffic delays due to street, sidewalk and watermain construction. However, unless specifically noted, businesses adjacent to street construction projects ARE open. In all seasons, weather and road conditions can change rapidly; drivers should plan accordingly. Here's what is underway:
Holly Street – from Railroad Avenue to Bay Street
Work to upgrade sidewalks and repave Holly Street between Railroad and Bay is steadily moving north along Holly. Flagging for traffic will be provided around work zones, and pedestrians should expect detours (alternate routes). This overlay project – work normally done during better summer weather – has been moved up to winter and spring, to reduce the impact on downtown businesses. For more information, contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7924.
West Holly Street – from Central Avenue to Broadway
Businesses are open, though drivers may experience flagging, temporary lane revisions, and on-street parking restrictions, as crews continue work on a watermain utility replacement project. Road work will occur on Holly Street between Central Avenue and Broadway, and on “E” Street between Holly and Dupont streets. For more information, visit the City's web page for the 2016 Watermain Replacement Program or contact Stephen Day, P.E., project engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7944.
Bakerview Road and Arctic Avenue
While not a City project, we want to advise drivers to expect some traffic impacts related to construction work at Costco on Bakerview.
Girard and 'B' Streets
The failing traffic signal is being removed in favor of all-way flashing stop, and that 90-day study is coming to an end. As a result, the all-way stop is expected to become permanent. For more information, contact Steve Haugen, traffic operations engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7700.
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 (7am-5:30pm, Mon-Thursday) beginning this month. Then, as now, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.