City street, construction projects report for Oct. 24-28

Changing weather, street construction, potential traffic impacts

October 21, 2022 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

With the weather forecast indicating rain for the first time in a while, streets could be a bit slicker than usual.  Meanwhile sidewalk repair work is underway downtown, which could have traffic impacts, as could these City street and construction projects.  As always, please travel with care.    

Little Squalicum Estuary

Construction crews continue culvert work and site investigations on the estuary habitat project at Little Squalicum Park. Crews and equipment will access the site from Lindbergh Drive and are constructing retaining walls to support a new trail.  Trails in the project vicinity are closed and there is currently limited beach access. The Park will remain open on the land side of Marine Drive, with access from Bellingham Technical College and West Illinois Street. 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 can expect 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. Siding, which includes a “1% for the Arts” exterior, is about a month from completion. The section of Nevada Street between Carolina and Virginia streets remains closed due to construction, 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

Media Contact

Amy Cloud, PIO
City of Bellingham – Public Works

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