Capital Project Report for May 4 – 8, 2020

Projects are back to work, street construction could affect travel

May 05, 2020 - by Andrea Reiter

With some expected changes to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders starting next week, there will likely be more people driving, walking and riding bikes around town. Due to continued threat of COVID-19, City construction work will be assessed on a day-by-day basis. Ongoing street repair, maintenance and construction projects will affect traffic. As always, please wash hands well, pay attention to Health Department recommendations and  travel with care.

Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project (New)

The Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project, with various locations throughout the City, is underway with site preparation, excavation and installation of sanitary sewer pipe beginning Monday, May 4th on the section between Hilton Avenue and Bellwether Way. This project is in multiple locations throughout the City. There will be minimal traffic impacts on Roeder Avenue with this work. For more information visit the Annual Sanintary Sewer Rehabilitation Project website or contact Aric Smathers, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7942.

Lake Padden Park – Sewer project (Pictured)

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 web page or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923.

Harrison Street and James Street – Paving project

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 site preparation along Aldrich Road and clearing 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. For ongoing information on current local projects, check out

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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