Road Report for Jan. 22-25, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events, street construction projects impact traffic

January 18, 2019 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

With the holiday on Monday, schools will be out and people be at work parties and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day events, so expect a bit more traffic. As well, there are a number of street construction projects underway which underscores the continuing need to travel with care.

Cornwall Avenue at Laurel Street
Construction is nearly complete 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. Cornwall is reduced to one-lane travel for several weeks while the intersection with Laurel is rebuilt.  There is a temporary traffic light in place during active construction at the intersection of Cornwall and Laurel. 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 or (360) 778-7924

Granary Avenue
Construction is complete on Phase 1 of Granary and Laurel and community members can now utilize Granary Avenue to access the waterfront and Port parking facilities from Roeder Avenue.  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 or (360) 778-7924

NEW: E. Maplewood Ave, W. Illinois Street, Lorraine Ellis Court – watermain replacements
Construction begins next week along East Maplewood Avenue and on West Illinois Street between Lynn Street and Northwest Ave. Construction vehicles will be delivered to the site and other preparation work will begin. The roadways will remain open with minor traffic control anticipated. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923. 

Roeder Avenue – Squalicum Parkway to Whatcom Waterway
An overlay project is underway to resurface Roeder Avenue from Squalicum Parkway to the Whatcom Waterway bridge.  In addition to resurfacing, the sidewalks will be replaced due to tree root impacts, and conduit will be installed.  The existing trees will also be removed, and tree wells modified with root guards to eliminate impacts in the future with the planter wells being replanted with appropriate tree species.  No detours are anticipated and two-way traffic will be maintained.  Access to waterfront businesses will be maintained.  For more information, visit the city’s project web page or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., Project Engineer, at or (360) 778-7922.

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 have restricted access (right in, right out only) and on the east side of Cordata, Stuart will also be right in and right out only.  Drivers can expect delays, with work lasting through Spring 2019.  For more information, visit the City’s project web page or contact Sam Shipp, P.E., project engineer, at 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 next month for a  few weeks. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

Texas Street – Pacific Street to Valencia Street  
This project to repave Texas Street between Pacific and Valencia is substantially complete, with only minor traffic markings remaining. That work will be completed when the weather permits.  For more information, contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer at or (360) 778-7922.

Mahogany Avenue – Northwest to Pacific Highway
Mahogany Avenue is open, including the intersection of Arctic Avenue with Mahogany.  The new street will accommodate nearby new and proposed development.  While the street is open to traffic, the contractor is still finishing up some work and will be on-site at times. 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 mostly done, with only traffic markings left to complete, weather permitting.  Donovan is now open to traffic. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7922.

Meador Avenue bridge – travel restriction
There are weight restrictions in place on the Meador Avenue bridge over Whatcom Creek, east of State Street and near the school district bus barn.  Due to some rot in the wood substructure of the bridge, discovered during ongoing inspection and repair, the bridge is closed to vehicles over 5 tons until a temporary repair or total bridge replacement can be completed.

WSDOT and Whatcom County
The State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) may have projects that border Bellingham. For more information visit  For updates on Whatcom County Public Works traffic 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 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

Media Contact

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

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