Road Report for Oct. 14-18

Road races, October events, street construction could impact traffic

October 11, 2019 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

​From a half-marathon at Lake Padden Park to the Salish-to-Salish 10k at Zuanich Park there are several weekend activities that could generate extra traffic.  Meanwhile, a series of ongoing street construction projects throughout Bellingham could affect your weekday commute. Please travel with care. 

Cordata / Stuart / Horton  – safety improvements project
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 will be restriped to add dedicated center turn lanes, buffered bicycle lanes, flashing beacon crosswalks at the new Cordata Park and a roundabout at the Horton/Cordata intersection.  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 will occur on an as-needed basis into November, then again from January to 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 will continue as crews will make curb modifications at Railroad and Commercial Streets. The lane shift will remain in place through the Railroad-Chestnut intersection.  Another portion of the 2019 Transportation Benefit District project now under construction is the intersection of North Street and Guide Meridian.  As well, restoration work is ongoing along 24th Street and Yew Street. Drivers may experience minor delays for construction work in these areas. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, via or (360) 778-7924.

Lake Whatcom – Silver Beach Ave/Huntington, Northshore at Maynard, Flynn/Prospect  
Lake Whatcom water quality projects – to modify existing drainage infrastructure in order to improve water quality protections from pollution, stormwater runoff and phosphorous – are complete.  Road users may encounter some traffic impacts as the remaining landscaping work is finished.  For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

Boulevard Park – Bayview Drive  
Construction activities continue at Boulevard Park and Bayview Drive to complete installation of new utilities.  While the entrance to Boulevard Park is currently open, some delays may occur as crews mobilize a large crane in preparation for the removal of the pedestrian overpass at the Park. This is anticipated to occur around the end of October. The park entrance will be barricaded for one to two days and no vehicle access will be permitted at this time. There will also be  intermittent trail closures. The pedestrian overpass removal is expected to take a week to complete. Updates will be provided via Facebook and other social media outlets.  For more information, check here or contact the project engineer Gina Austin, P.E., at or (360) 778-7000.

Alabama Street, south – alley grading   
Grading is underway on alleys throughout town. Crews began work in the north end, moving south through Bellingham to grade alleys that are the City's responsibility.  For more, contact Dan Larsen, Street Division supervisor, via or (360) 778-7700.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
The State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews have been working near Bellingham since this summer, especially on I-5 through Bellingham and east out Sunset Drive. For more information visit

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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