Road Report for Dec. 16-20

Winter Solstice, night work, street construction could impact traffic

December 13, 2019 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

​Next week ends with the shortest day of the year (as measured between sun-up and sun-down) which makes it harder to see darkly dressed cyclists and pedestrians.  In addition, there are some night work and new City construction projects, plus ongoing work that could affect travel.  As always, please travel with care.

NEW: N. State from Franklin to E. Champion – natural gas project   
Work is underway to install a new natural gas main under Whatcom Creek in preparation for the City's pending bridge replacement project.  The center turn lane on North State Street, from Whatcom Creek to Meador, will remain closed during this work. Drivers will encounter lane shifts and some flagging. For more information, contact Cascade Natural Gas via Joe Wilkinson at (360) 788-2369 or

Cornwall Ave – storm outfall project   
Cascade Natural Gas is wrapping up its work on a gas main in Cornwall Avenue at Pine Street in preparation for new stormwater infrastructure construction. Meanwhile, activity has begun – including some night work – on the storm outfall. Drivers can expect lane shifts and some flagging, moving closer to the intersection of Cornwall and Pine and Wharf streets. No detours are planned.  For more information, contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, via or (360) 778-7922.

Cordata / Stuart / Horton – safety improvements project   
Expect to see restriping along Cordata Parkway from Kline Road to Kellogg Road, Stuart Road from Eliza Street to Cordata Parkway and Horton Road from the west end to Meridian. We are adding dedicated center turn lanes, buffered bicycle lanes, flashing beacon crosswalks at the new Cordata Park, as well as a roundabout at the Horton/Cordata intersection.  The stop signs at the roundabout have been removed; however, there  will be occasional lane closures and flaggers present.  No detours are planned.  For more information, visit the project web page or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, via or (360) 778-7922.

Cordata Park – phase 1
Cordata Park construction activities include changes to sidewalk alignment, pedestrian entries into the park, installation of artwork, irrigation and paving along Cordata Parkway.  Occasional lane closures related to park construction are on hiatus, but will likely resume between January and April 2020. For more information, visit the project web page or contact project manager Jonathan Schilk at or (360) 778-7000.

2019 Transportation Benefit District projects – several locations  
Rechannelization of Chestnut Street downtown is complete, with paver replacement work scheduled for mid-December.  The 2019 Transportation Benefit District project work at the intersection of Lakeway and Old Lakeway has been suspended temporarily while materials are being gathered. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, via or (360) 778-7924.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews were busy near Bellingham this year.  For what's coming up, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, tracking the WSDOT north Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the WSDOT construction page. For ongoing information on current local projects check out

Whatcom County
For updates on County projects near Bellingham, visit

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 always obey flaggers. 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 vary, depending on inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules. Questions? Contact

Media Contact

Paul Reed, Construction Manager
City of Bellingham - Public Works
(360) 778-7929

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