Road restrictions for May 30 – June 2

What comes after Memorial Weekend? Road closures

May 26, 2017 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

This weekend is busy with the Grand Parade, Ski to Sea Race and festivities. However, in addition to all these traffic impacts and driver distractions, there are some road closures pending.  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.   

James Street – at Woodstock Way
Coming soon: as of Monday, June 12, 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 traffic 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 for the Woodstock Intersection Improvements project 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 approaching its grand finale. Traffic flagging and pedestrian route detours continue, as we prepare for grinding and paving (June 5-15, weather-depending.) Paving is scheduled for overnight on June 8, followed by landscaping.  Note: parking on Holy Street may be closed occasionally beginning in June.  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
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.  And coming up the week of June 5:  early morning road-grinding begins. 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, 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

Media Contact

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

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