School's back in session but we're heading into a long Labor Day holiday weekend, which means more traffic and more to watch out for. And there are several street construction projects underway that will impact traffic. Beyond these driver distractions, it is important to focus on pedestrians and cyclists as well as traffic conditions. And unless otherwise noted, businesses near street construction ARE open.
West Maplewood Avenue – Northwest Ave to Alderwood Ave
Construction is in progress 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 to allow for construction work. For more information, visit the City's web page for the West Maplewood Multimodal Improvements, or contact Stephen Day, P.E., Project Engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7944.
James Street – at Woodstock Way
Woodstock Way is 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 is open – but will be reduced to one lane of travel at times, with flagger guidance. For more information, visit the City's web page, Woodstock Intersection Improvements, or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7922.
Northshore Drive – E. Oregon and E. North
Construction is underway to improve drainage and reduce phosphorus entering Lake Whatcom. Later this summer the work will likely impact traffic on Northshore Drive. For more information, visit the City's project pages for E. North and E. Oregon streets, or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7912.
Silver Beach Ave and Arbor Court
Construction on the City's new water pretreatment plant inside Whatcom Falls Park is limited to a four-day week, 6:30 a.m. to 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://wsdot.wa.gov/projects. For updates on Whatcom County Public Works traffic projects near Bellingham, visit http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/308/Public-Works.
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 AskPW@cob.org.