Road Report for September 23-27

SeaFeast, Fall equinox, street construction projects to impact traffic

September 20, 2019 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

Fall equinox is Monday, but before then there are lots of weekend activities – including the popular annual Sea Feast – which will likely generate extra traffic. As will some street construction projects, so please travel with care.

​NEW:  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 (E. North portion pictured)
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.  Other portions of the 2019 Transportation Benefit District project now under construction include Old Lakeway and the intersection of North Street, Yew Street and Guide Meridian. 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 (30) 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 piping, 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.

E. Maplewood Ave, W. Illinois Street, Lorraine Ellis Court – watermain replacements   
Construction continues Lorraine Ellis Court, on W. Illinois between Lynn Street and Northwest Avenue, and on E. Maplewood Avenue. The new watermains have been installed and the project is nearly complete, with some minor landscaping and roadway restoration remaining.  Traffic control may be in place and some short detours could still be necessary. For more, visit the project web page or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
The State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews have been busy near Bellingham since this summer, especially on I-5 through Bellingham and east out Sunset Drive to Mount Baker Highway. 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 obey flaggers at all times. 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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