City Road and Project Report for Feb. 22-26

Changing weather conditions, street construction could affect travel

February 19, 2021 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

The National Weather Service indicates a week of rain on the way. That could mean flooding in some areas – an extra reason to be cautious on city streets.  While it is slow season for capital construction and maintenance, there are some projects underway which could affect traffic.  As always, please mind Health Department recommendations when you’re out, and travel with care.

Lake Padden Park – sewer project

Work to upgrade the sewer facilities and pump stations is nearing completion, as the remaining components are installed. The areas affected include the dog park restroom, playground restroom and the pump house.  Moving into the final phase of this project, restrooms will be intermittently offline in the coming weeks, but portable bathrooms will be in place when needed. Please use caution in the work zones. For more information, visit the Lake Padden Lift Stations project webpage or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923.

2020 TBD Projects and 40th Street sidewalk  

The 40th Street sidewalk and 2020 TBD projects are largely complete with the final project at 40th Street and Elwood underway. Road users through the area should expect possible sidewalk and lane closures and associated delays. Flaggers will allow for local access. For more information, visit the 2020 TBD Projects and 40th Street Sidewalk website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

2020 Watermain Replacement project

The 2020 Watermain Replacement project replaces a watermain on Donovan Avenue from Connelly Creek to 36th Street, and on 35th Street from Donovan Avenue to one block north. All watermain has been installed and connected. Due to COVID and related material procurement delays early in the project, final paving cannot be done until this spring when material is available along with replacement of a storm main west of 30th Street. Expect flaggers. Traffic will be maintained for local access. Bus service is being coordinated for impacts between 30th and 32nd streets. Expect detours for affected closures. For more information, visit the 2020 Watermain Replacement Project website or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7922.

Meridian Street water quality improvements 

As part of a water quality project on Meridian Street (State Route 539) between Bakerview Road and Stuart Road and on Kellogg Road we have installed 17 water quality devices to treat roadway runoff. Work is largely complete, with only weather-dependent elements such as final paving to be completed this spring. For more information, visit the Meridian Street Water Quality Improvements website or contact Larry Scholten, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7923. 

West Horton project

The West Horton Road project is wrapping up with landscaping and site clean-up activities underway. Final striping is on hold until warmer, drier weather arrives. The roadway is now open with a temporary handrail and provides access for all users through the corridor and to parking for Julianna Park. For more information, visit the West Horton Road phase 1 website or contact Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at or (360) 778-7924.

2020-2021 downtown Public Library renovations (pictured)

Interior renovation of the downtown library is nearly done, with substantial completion expected by the end of this month.  The focus this week is in electrical and fire alarm work; construction cleaning begins shortly. The public elevator remains out of service as the upgrades are taking place. This work is anticipated to be fully complete in mid-March. The library remains closed to the public due to COVID-19, however distribution of books continues with curbside pickup. For more information contact Carol Rofkar, Interim Superintendent of Communications/Facilities/Fleet/Traffic, at or (360) 778-7973.

Other projects

Drivers may notice several deconstruction projects along Samish Way. If flaggers are present, be prepared to slow down or stop.

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, subscribe to the Whatcom County Public Works email newsletter.

We provide this 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 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? Email

Media Contact

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

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