Capital Project Report for October 26 – 30, 2020

Temperatures start to drop after unseasonably warm October, street construction could affect travel

Oct 23, 2020 - by Michelle Grandy, Public Works

The first freeze of the Fall comes this week as well as snow in the mountains. Beware of potentially slick roads while traveling. Capital construction and maintenance projects will continue to 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.

Harrison Street Slope Stabilization

Work has begun to repair the existing water main, lower and modify the existing stormwater pond, regrade the steep slope which is exhibiting slippage failure, install a block wall to replace the failing rockery wall, and provide plantings on the slope. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of October to early November. For more information visit the Harrison Street Slope Stabilization Project website or contact Aric Smathers, P.E., project engineer, at arsmathers@cob.org or (360) 778-7942.

Northwest/Bakerview Intersection Improvements

Substantial delays should be expected, and people are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. The NW/Bakerview intersection project will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and efficiency through the reconstruction of curb ramps, sidewalk, traffic islands, and installation of improved visibility pavement markings in the vicinity of the Northwest Avenue and West Bakerview Road intersection. A center median curb will also be installed along West Bakerview Road from Arctic Avenue vicinity to Northwest Avenue vicinity. Flaggers and traffic control will be present. For more information, visit the Northwest/Bakerview Intersection Improvements website or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at ljscholten@cob.org or (360) 778-7923.

Samish Maple Ellis Multimodal Safety Improvements

The Samish Maple Ellis Multimodal Safety Improvements project is wrapping up with site restoration and pavement marking throughout the corridor. Minor work near I-5 and other areas may be encountered. Flaggers will allow for local access and direct travelers to area detours. For more information, visit the Samish-Maple-Ellis Multimodal Safety Improvements website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at fanthony@cob.org or (360) 778-7924.

Sehome Hill Communications Tower – Antenna Installation/Tower Demo

Work has begun to install the remaining antennas on the new communications tower, remove equipment from the old tower and demolish the old tower and building. The demolition and restoration portion of the project has begun.  During this portion of the project, the upper parking lot will be closed as needed to allow space for equipment to perform the work for a period of two-three weeks.  Road Closed signs and barricades will be placed at the bottom of the hill near the gate.  As the tunnel trail is currently closed due to rocks falling within the tunnel, no other trail closures are anticipated for the remainder of the project. For more information visit the Sehome Hill Communications Tower – Antenna Installation Tower/Demo Project website or contact Aric Smathers, P.E., project engineer, at arsmathers@cob.org or (360) 778-7942.

2020 TBD Projects and 40th Street Sidewalk

The 40th Street Sidewalk and 2020 TBD Projects are wrapping up with minor work at 40th/Adams and Kentucky/Grant. Flaggers will allow for local access. Expect possible delays when traveling through these project sites. For more information, visit the 2020 TBD Projects and 40th Street Sidewalk website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at fanthony@cob.org or (360) 778-7924.

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. Watermain installation will begin at Connelly Creek and move eastward. The affected blocks will be closed to through traffic. WTA is being coordinated with for impacts between 30th and 32nd Streets. Flaggers will allow for local access. Expect detours for affected closures. On Monday 10/26 there will be interruption of water service on Donovan Ave from the 2600 blk to 32nd St and on 30th St from Donovan to Old Fairhaven Parkway. Affected residents have been notified. For more information, visit the 2020 Watermain Replacement Project website or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, at camueller@cob.org or (360) 778-7922.

Meridian Street Water Quality Improvements

The Meridian St. water quality project on Meridian Street (State Route 539) between Bakerview Road and Stuart Road and on Kellogg 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 roadway 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, visit the Meridian Street Water Quality Improvements website or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at ljscholten@cob.org or (360) 778-7923.

Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project

The Annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project, with various locations throughout the City, is underway with cleanup and restoration to finalize the project.  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.

West Horton project

The West Horton Road project is ongoing with site restoration, light pole installation, wall installation and related work. Expect possible delays when traveling near 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

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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