Road restrictions for Oct. 23-27

Weather, street construction impact travel

October 20, 2017 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

It doesn't appear that there any major events this weekend, which means weather and street construction are likely the biggest traffic impactors.  With darkness descending ever-earlier, it is increasingly important to watch for pedestrians and cyclists as well as street conditions.  Please travel with care. Reminder, unless specifically noted, businesses near street construction ARE open.

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, and at times, roads reduced to a single lane. 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
Increased wait times are expected next week while paving occurs on the new Woodstock Way portion of the intersection. Flaggers will be on-site to guide traffic, as moving equipment and haul trucks. On Thursday, Oct. 26 traffic will be routed onto the revised Woodstock Way to Orleans Street around Sunset Square, and the south leg of James Street will be closed from the intersection to the first Sunset Square entrance to allow the other half of the intersection to be built.  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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