Capital Project Report for May 11 – 15, 2020

Springtime weather, street construction could affect travel

May 08, 2020 - by Andrea Reiter

The middle of May brings us longer days and warmer weather, expect an increase in active construction projects as well as more pedestrians and cyclists 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 continue to follow the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, pay attention to Health Department recommendations and  travel with care.

Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project

The Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project, with various locations throughout the City, is underway with site restoration on the section between Hilton Avenue and Bellwether Way (Location 16). Early next week, crews will begin work on Bill McDonald Parkway (location 11) between Byron Ave and Samish Way. Lane closures will be in place and delays can be expect delays when traveling through the project. This project is in multiple locations throughout the City; the next locations being #9, #10, #4, #1 and #2. 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 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 project webpage or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923.

Harrison Street and James Street – Paving project (pictured)

James Street work from Sunset Drive to Woodstock Way will continue evenings and nights this week. Detours will be in place as sections of roadway will be closed except for local access.

Work to rehabilitate Harrison Street east of 40th is complete with minor cleanup with minor cleanup and final touches on Monday and Tuesday. For more information contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923.

West Horton project

The West Horton Road project is underway with utility installation along Aldrich Road and clearing/roadway excavation within the Horton Road right-of-way. A road closure on Aldrich will be in place from 7 am – 7 pm. 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 web page or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, via 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. Lane closures related to park construction have been on hiatus and may resume shortly on an occasional basis and last into July. For more information, visit the Cordata Park project web page  or contact project manager Jonathan Schilk at or (360) 778-7000.

2019 Transportation Benefit District projects – several locations

The 2019 Transportation Benefit District (TBD) project is mostly complete with minor restoration work at Lakeway and Old Lakeway and paver installation at the intersection of Chestnut and Railroad Avenue and Commercial Street. For more information, visit the TBD project web page  or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, via 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.

Whatcom County

For updates on County projects near Bellingham, visit

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​

Media Contact

​Paul Reed, Construction Manager
City of Bellingham – Public Works
(360) 778-7700

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