City street, construction projects report for Nov. 14-18

Weather, early dark, street construction could impact traffic

November 11, 2022 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

As weather changes, and even as we are preparing vehicles and streets for winter weather, it continues to be important to help keep storm drains clear to mitigate street flooding.  At the mid-point of November, there are several city street projects that could impact traffic. Please travel with care and alert for pedestrians and project impacts.

Electrification of Transportation, phase 1

Work is underway on the City’s Electrification of Transportation project, which includes installation of eight electric vehicle (EV) chargers at six sites throughout Bellingham. This is first of two phases for the project.  Construction at 10th Street near Taylor Dock is largely complete and has now begun at Cornwall Park.  Chargers are not currently operational but should be at some time in December. For more information, visit the Electrification of Transportation project webpage or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., via or (360) 778-7924.

Little Squalicum Estuary

Construction crews are performing minor site maintenance while channel designs are confirmed with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. More work is expected to resume by late November; however, until then the project site remains closed, as there are on-site hazards. Trails in the project vicinity remain closed, though there is currently limited beach access from West Illinois Street. The park will remain open on the land side of Marine Drive, with access from Bellingham Technical College and West Illinois. For more information, visit the Little Squalicum Estuary project webpage or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., via or (360) 778-7924.

Sanitary sewer rehab – Whatcom Creek

Re-lining work is complete. Remaining work includes removal of temporary bypass piping and restoration of Whatcom Creek Trail due to both construction impact and last year’s heavy flooding. No impacts to traffic are anticipated.  At times, bypass and sewer rehabilitation work will require closure and detouring a portion of the Whatcom Creek trail. For more information, contact Craig Mueller, P.E., via or (360) 778-7922. For a map of the trail closure and more information, visit the Whatcom Creek Trunk Main website.

West Cemetery Creek water quality improvements  

The installation of sediment control-and-capture structures in the creek bed is complete. Outfall repair work is ongoing at both Lakeway Drive and Old Lakeway, drivers may experience some lane closures and delays westbound at both locations.  For more, visit the West Cemetery Creek Water Quality Improvements or West Cemetery project webpages.

City Operations Center – Pacific and Carolina streets  

The City’s new Operations Center and vehicle barn should be done within months. The Ops Center exterior is complete, though landscaping and interior work continues.  The vehicle barn is in final stages of construction and should be complete in time for winter’s worst weather. The section of Nevada Street between Carolina and Virginia streets remains closed as work continues, but the sidewalk is open.  For more information, visit the City Operations buildings project webpage.

Mill Avenue overlay

Close-out work continues on the Mill Avenue project. Minor traffic impacts and access limitations may occur as work concludes. To learn more, visit the Mill Avenue overlay project website.

Whatcom County

The County continues a series of road maintenance projects which could impact travel near Bellingham. For information and locations of County road projects with traffic delays near Bellingham, visit the Whatcom County Public Works website.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Real-time traffic information is available via WSDOT traffic app or the WSDOT north Twitter feed.

This report is provided as a public service based on currently available information. When traveling through a construction area – whether walking, cycling or driving – be patient and obey flaggers. Road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for work such as resurfacing, sidewalk construction, water and sewer main work or utility cuts. Dates, times and work locations may vary, depending on weather or work schedule changes. For more information, email

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