As we head toward the Ides of December, the holiday season is in full swing with nighttime and weekend events (Jingle Bell Run on Saturday, for instance.) With extra traffic on the streets, along with pedestrians and cyclists who may be harder to see as darkness falls earlier, and a number of street construction projects underway, it's important to travel with care.
Stuart Road and Cordata Parkway – roundabout
Work is underway to construct a multimodal roundabout at the intersection of Stuart and Cordata. The roundabout will provide access to Whatcom Community College and the Cordata neighborhood and the new planned park. Stuart Road on the west side of Cordata Parkway will be closed to vehicles during the first phase, with detour route on West Kellogg Road. On the east side of Cordata Parkway, Stuart Road will have restricted access (right in and right out only.) Expect delays, with construction lasting through Spring 2019. For more information, visit the City's project web page or contact Sam Shipp, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7942.
Lakeway Drive and Lincoln Street
Crews have completed most of the hard surface improvements at Undine, Grant, Nevada and Lincoln streets, along with Samish Way. When complete, this project will provide a bike boulevard, new sidewalks, ramps, wayfinding and restoration, and will include four new pedestrian crossing signals (flashing HAWK crossings.) Over the next two months little work will be done (while electrical equipment is being readied); however, road users should expect work to begin again in February for a few weeks. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7924.
Non-Motorized (bike and pedestrian) improvements
Work is underway on a series of bicycle and/or pedestrian improvement projects, funded by the Transportation Benefit District. For a map of locations or more information, visit the project web page or contact the project engineer, Larry Scholten, PE, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7923.
Texas Street – Pacific Street to Valencia Street
This project to repave Texas Street between Pacific and Valencia includes modifications to the existing traffic circles and adds another to enhance safety. The project includes a lighted sidewalk on the south side of the corridor for pedestrian safety. Paving is complete and restoration work (topsoil, seeding, trees, plantings, adjusting valve and manhole covers) is being finalized. For more information, contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7922.
Mahogany Avenue – Northwest to Pacific Highway
Mahogany Avenue is now open, including the intersection of Arctic Avenue with Mahogany. This new street accommodates new and proposed development in the area. While the roadway is open to traffic, the contractor is still finishing up some work and will be on-site throughout the week. Roadway improvements include two travel lanes, bike lanes, illumination, landscaping, curbing, gutter and sidewalks.
Donovan Avenue – 21st Street to east of 24th Street (Connolly Creek)
Work to replace the old, unreliable watermain on Donovan Avenue is done and paving is complete. Restoration work is being done, which includes topsoil, seed and final details. Donovan is now open to traffic. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, Fat email@example.com or (360) 778-7922.
Cornwall Avenue at Laurel Street
Construction continues on this project to deliver new public and franchise utilities, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, parking, landscaping and street lighting, and street access to the waterfront. Drivers can also expect truck traffic, some lane closures and construction delays at Roeder and Chestnut and on Cornwall. Please note the new traffic flow on Roeder at Granary. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7924.
Silver Beach Road and Arbor Court – water pretreatment
Work on the City's new water pretreatment plant at Whatcom Falls Park is essentially done. The trail is open and the new fence, created through the “1% for the Arts” program, is in place. Workers may be on-site occasionally, with some construction traffic. Parking at Arbor Court and adjacent access to the waterline trail is closed. For more, visit DAF Water Treatment Plant or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7924.
WSDOT and Whatcom County
The State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) may have projects that border Bellingham. For more information visit http://www.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.
We provide 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, travel with care and obey flaggers at all times. And in dark weather, please make sure you're visible to others. 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. Questions? Please contact AskPW@cob.org.