Road restrictions for May 15-19

For Mother's Day, give her the gift of getting there safely

May 11, 2017 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

​Headed home to visit Mom this weekend?  You'll want to know about some potential traffic impacts or distractions to watch for.  For instance, there's a wine walk downtown this Saturday and of course next Saturday is the Junior Parade.  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.   

Holly Street – from Railroad Avenue to Bay Street
Work to upgrade sidewalks and repave Holly Street between Railroad and Bay is steadily moving south along Holly. Flagging for traffic will be provided around work zones, and pedestrians should expect detours (alternate routes).  Note: parking on Holy Street may be closed occasionally for tree pruning and grinding beginning this week.  Parking should be available on cross streets and in the Commercial Street Parking Garage.  FYI, this overlay project – work normally done during better summer weather – is being done now to reduce the impact on downtown businesses.  For more information, contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

West Holly Street – from Central Avenue to Broadway
Businesses remain 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 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 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, i.e. 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with limited Friday work as needed. 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

Media Contact

Paul Reed, Construction Manager
Public Works Department
(360) 778-7929

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