Capital Project Report for June 22 – 26, 2020

Summer is officially here, street construction could affect travel

Jun 23, 2020 - by Andrea Reiter

Summer is officially here and as Whatcom County enters its third week in Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe Start” reopening plan, expect more pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic around town. Ongoing street repair, maintenance and construction projects will affect traffic. 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 Overlay – Bill McDonald and Britton Road project

The 2020 Overlay – Bill McDonald and Britton Road project is underway with hardscape demolition and utility work along Bill McDonald Parkway and Britton Road. Lane closures and minor delays should be expected throughout the project limits. Flaggers will allow for local access. For more information, visit the 2020 Overlay – Bill McDonald and Britton Road website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at fanthony@cob.org or (360) 778-7924.

Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project (pictured)

The Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project, with various locations throughout the City, is underway with work continuing on Berry Street June 22nd.  Once Berry is complete the crews will circle back to prep and pave the patches from previous locations which are currently patched with temporary cold mix asphalt.  Work on Cedar Street is now scheduled to begin Monday June 29th. The cast in place pipe (CIPP) crews are scheduled to camera and clean the sewer lines beginning June 22nd with the CIPP placement to follow 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 arsmathers@cob.org or (360) 778-7942.

Lake Padden Park – Sewer project

Work is underway to replace sewer facilities in and around the restrooms at Lake Padden Park near the dog park, playground and pumphouse. A single bathroom will be available, as work this week is planned to include electrical work, which will necessitate the closure of one of the two bathrooms. Portable restrooms will be made available at the closed bathroom site. For more information, visit the Lake Padden Lift Stations project webpage or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at ljscholten@cob.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. 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 fanthony@cob.org or (360) 778-7924

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 general park construction will continue into August. For more information, visit the Cordata Park project web page  or contact project manager Jonathan Schilk at jschilk@cob.org or (360) 778-7000.

2019 Transportation Benefit District – several locations

The 2019 Transportation Benefit District (TBD) project is complete with limited punch list underway. For more information, visit the TBD project web page or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at fanthony@cob.org or (360) 778-7924.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

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://www.wsdot.wa.gov/travel/construction-updates/whatcom-skagit-island

Whatcom County

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.


Media Contact

​Paul Reed, Construction Manager
City of Bellingham – Public Works
(360) 778-7700
preed@cob.org


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