As we enter the second full week in August, the Perseid meteor shower will light up the night’s sky. Meanwhile, the City has multiple capital projects in full swing, many taking advantage of the summer weather and long days of light. Maintenance and construction projects will affect traffic. In addition, as we progress through summer, continue to expect more pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic around town. Due to continued threat of COVID-19, City construction work will be assessed on a day-by-day basis. As always, please pay attention to Health Department recommendations and travel with care.
2020 TBD Projects and 40th Street Sidewalk
The 40th Street Sidewalk and 2020 TBD Projects will commence with site restoration at the Grant/Kentucky, Iron/Alabama intersections along with sawcutting/demo at Laurel/N. Garden and sidewalk installation at 14th/Old Fairhaven Parkway. Flaggers will allow for local access. Expect possible delays when traveling through this project site. For more information, visit the 2020 TBD Projects and 40th Street Sidewalk website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7924.
Grand Avenue – Girard Street Intersection Improvements
Public Works crew will be working at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Girard Street upgrading to ADA compliant crossings and improving intersection traffic control. The intersection will remain open most of the time to through traffic with flaggers providing traffic control and detours when necessary. For more information, contact Dan Larsen, Street Division Supervisor, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7700.
Lakeway Drive and Surrounding Area Maintenance Project
On Lakeway Drive and surrounding area east of I-5, Public Works crew will be grinding open cracks in roadways and filling with tar/sealant. In phase one of this arterial street maintenance project, crews will grind and vacuum out the cracks, the following week in phase two they will fill cracks with sealant. Roadways will remain open, flaggers will control traffic when necessary. For more information, contact Dan Larsen, Street Division Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7700.
2020 Watermain Replacement project
The 2020 Watermain Replacement project will replace a watermain on Donovan Avenue from Connelly Creek to 36th Street, and on 35th Street from Donovan Avenue to one block north. Work has begun on the east end of the project on Donovan Avenue between I-5 and 36th Street. The affected blocks will be closed to through traffic, with the exception of Donovan Avenue between 30th and 32nd Streets, which will be maintained as one lane during working hours and returned to two lane traffic at the end of each day. Flaggers will allow for local access. For more information, visit the 2020 Watermain Replacement Project website or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7922.
Squalicum Creek Reroute – phase 3 and 4 project
The Squalicum Creek Reroute – phases 3 and 4 project will fill in approximately ¾ of Bug Lake and create a new channel to the south, under Squalicum Parkway, in a new culvert. The lake will be converted to its original state as a forested wetland. The project will improve water quality in Squalicum Creek and will provide additional habitat for salmonids while improving riparian habitat. Flaggers will be present near Bug Lake for creation of a traffic bypass in preparation for the new culvert installation. Please expect minor delays. For more information, visit the Squalicum Creek Reroute Project website or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7922.
Meridian Street Water Quality Improvements (pictured)
The Meridian St. water quality project on Meridian Street (State Route 539) between Bakerview Road and Stuart Road will install 17 water quality devices to treat roadway runoff. This work will occur at night between 7 PM and 7 AM, Monday through Friday. The highway will remain open with lane closures and lane shifts in place to facilitate construction. Flaggers will be present to provide additional traffic and pedestrian control as necessary. For more information, contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7923.
2020 Overlay – Bill McDonald and Britton Road project
The 2020 Overlay – Bill McDonald and Britton Road project is underway with paving preparation/installation work along Bill McDonald Parkway and Britton Road. Major paving work will be encountered during the week of 10 August and will include major detours at Barkley, Britton, Northshore and along Bill McDonald Parkway along with lane closures and potentially long delays. Flaggers will allow for local access and direct travelers to area detours. For more information, visit the 2020 Overlay – Bill McDonald and Britton Road website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7924.
Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project
The Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project, with various locations throughout the City, is underway with the CIPP placement, cleanup and restoration to finalize the project. The cured in place pipe (CIPP) crews have completed cleaning the sewer pipes with CIPP placement postponed until Monday, August 17, 2020 in order of location 11, 12, 13, 4, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 17, & 10. Once the main sewer CIPP is in place the crews will then follow with the sewer service line CIPP placement in the same order. For more information and a site map with locations listed visit the Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project website or contact Aric Smathers, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7942.
Lake Padden Park – Sewer project
Work to upgrade the sewer facilities and pump stations is nearing completion, as the remaining components are installed and piping is tied over to the new system. The areas affected include the dog park restroom, playground restroom and the pump house. As we move forward with the final phase of this project, the restrooms will be intermittently offline in the coming weeks, but we will have portable bathrooms in place when needed. Please use caution in and around the work zones. For more information, visit the Lake Padden Lift Stations project webpage or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7923.
West Horton project
The West Horton Road project is underway with utility installation within the Horton Road right-of-way and minor work on Aldrich Road. A road closure on Aldrich will be in place from 7 AM – 7 PM as needed by construction activities. Additional lane closures on Aldrich are expected to last throughout the duration of the project. Work will also commence from the Horton Road side of the project with minor clearing and excavation. Flaggers will allow for local access. Expect possible delays when traveling through this project site. For more information, visit the West Horton Road phase 1 website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at email@example.com or (360) 778-7924
Cordata Park – phase 1
Cordata Park construction is near completion. Contractor will need to access the site with small trucks and the occasional large truck delivery to complete punchlist items during the last half of August and first half of September. For more information, visit the Cordata Park project web page or contact project manager Jonathan Schilk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 778-7000.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
WSDOT’s Hoag’s Creek fish passage project (intersection of Chuckanut Drive/Old Samish Road) is part way through a 14-day full road closure; the road is scheduled to remain closed through August 17 to replace a culvert. The culvert that runs under State Route 11/Chuckanut Drive is currently a 24-inch concrete culvert too small and too high from the surface of the creek; this culvert will be replaced with a 12-foot round culvert which will allow coastal cutthroat tour, steelhead and other aquatic species access upstream habitat. For more information, visit WSDOT’s Hoag’s Creek fish passage project website.
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 https://wsdot.wa.gov/projects
For updates on County projects near Bellingham, visit http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/308/Public-Works. Subscribe to Whatcom County Public Works email newsletter here.
We provide this “capital project 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 conditions, 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 AskPW@cob.org.