Road Report for Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

Bellingham Bay Marathon, WWU, street construction projects to impact traffic

September 27, 2019 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

​The Bellingham Bay Marathon is headed through town this weekend and students have returned to Western Washington University, so those are traffic impacts to be attuned to. As well, there are several street construction projects underway, which could also affect travel.  As always, please travel with care.​ 

NEW:  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.  Work is underway the week of September 30.  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 2019, 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 (North St. at Meridian pictured above)
Rechannelization of Chestnut Street downtown – restriping a lane of travel to convert from vehicle to bicycle use – is now complete and a lane shift is 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 Old Lakeway Drive, 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  
Several Lake Whatcom water quality projects are underway to modify existing drainage infrastructure in order to improve water quality protections from pollution, stormwater runoff and phosphorous. Road users may encounter minor delays or detours as the remaining hardscape and restoration work is completed.  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 at Bayview Drive with installation of electrical and communication vaults.  While the entrance to Boulevard Park is currently open, some delays will occur as Bayview Drive is prepped for paving. Other traffic control, partial road closures and intermittent trail closures will continue into October. Night work may occur, in order to minimize disruptions to daily traffic.  For more information, check here or contact the project engineer Gina Austin, P.E., at or (360) 778-7000.

Alabama Street, south – alley grading   
Now that crack sealing City streets is complete, work has begun on alleys throughout town. Crews have begun 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.

Boulevard Park – Bayview Drive  
Construction activities continue at Boulevard Park at Bayview Drive with installation of electrical and communication

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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