Road Report for March 23-27

COVID-19 closures, street construction work could impact traffic

March 20, 2020 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

With the novel coronavirus emergency declarations, there are numerous closures and event cancellations that could affect travel. As well, 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.

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

NEW: Harrison and James streets – paving project

Work to rehabilitate Harrison Street east of 40th is anticipated to start this week. Access will be limited to local resident access only, with flaggers managing traffic in the work zone. 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 and clearing along Aldrich Road. The project includes installation of City utilities along with gas, power and telecom, as well as lighting and sidewalks on both sides with bike lanes. The project will provide a culvert installation,  a stormwater pond and road access to Julianna Park. During the initial phase of construction drivers may experience lane closures or equipment along Aldrich, as well as short-term delays. 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.

Cornwall Ave – storm outfall project

Crews are working on the storm outfall. Cascade Natural Gas is performing some maintenance activities on their gas main.  Pavement restoration work will be performed episodically as weather allows.   Drivers can expect lane shifts, perhaps reduction to single lane travel and some flagging. No detours are planned.  For more information, contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, via or (360) 778-7922.

Cordata / Stuart / Horton – safety improvements project  

Crews are restriping along Cordata Parkway from Kline Road to Kellogg Road, Stuart Road from Eliza Street to Cordata Parkway and Horton Road from the west end to Meridian. We are adding dedicated center turn lanes, buffered bicycle lanes, flashing beacon crosswalks at the new Cordata Park, as well as a roundabout at the Horton/Cordata intersection.  There will be occasional lane closures and flaggers present.  No detours are planned.  For more information, visit the Cordata/Stuart/Horton project web page or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, via or (360) 778-7922.

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 (Pictured)

Rechannelization of Chestnut Street downtown is complete.  The 2019 Transportation Benefit District (TBD) project work at the intersection of Lakeway and Old Lakeway is underway on the retaining wall and sidewalk. For more information, visit the TBD project web page  or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, via or (360) 778-7924.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews have been busy south of Bellingham, cleaning up the various landslides and repairing roadways. For what’s coming up, 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 “road 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 weather, 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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