Cordata/Stuart/Horton Safety Improvements

​​​​Project Overview: ES-0548

Stuart – Stuart Road from Eliza Avenue to Cordata P​kwy was rechannelized into 3 lanes (center dedicated turn lanes) while maintaining the existing bike lanes on both sides. Pedestrian curb ramps were upgraded at June Road with a marked crosswalk across Stuart.

Horton – Like Stuart, Horton has existing bike lanes that will be maintained, and Horton was rechannelized to three lanes including a dedicated center turn lane.

Cordata – From Kellogg Road to Horton Road was a divided street, with two lanes in either direction. The street was rechannelized to one lane in each direction with a buffered bike lane with vertical delineators (white posts). In front of the new Cordata Park, two pedestrian crossings with flashing beacons were installed. These crossings were previously approved with the Park Plan, including the tree removals necessary. Those were in the Park street tree permit. In front of the PeaceHealth facility, the dedicated turn lanes were removed and a grass medium was installed. Grass was chosen due to sight distance concerns with the new pedestrian actuated crossing signals.​

Cordata – From Horton to the northern terminus, or Kline Road, the rechannelization includes one lane in each direction, with buffered bike lanes and vertical delineators. The northernmost block between Freemont Ave. and Kline Road has parking lanes marked on the east side of the block, outside of the buffered bike lane, to provide needed parking capacity to residents on that block.

​​Cordata/Horton intersection – A roundabout was installed at the Cordata/Horton intersection, consisting of a 60′ diameter center concrete circle. The approach islands on the north and south legs of the intersection, where there were dedicated left turn lanes, were converted from asphalt to planted medium, with groundcover that has been successfully utilized on other sites with minimal maintenance. The center of the roundabout is available for the Bellingham Arts commission to utilize if desired.​

Funding from the Transportation Benefit District (TBD). 

Project Purpose

The restriping of these streets implements recommendations from the Cit​y of Bellingham Bicycle Master Plan to promote multimodal infrastructure throughout the city. This specific corridor links high density housing to educational, work, and shopping destinations as well as a new City Park currently under construction. Pedestrian actuated flashing beacon crossings were installed near the park, and a roundabout at the Horton/Cordata intersection will alleviate traffic congestion at the previous 4-way stop.

​Project Status – May 2020​

Accomplishments: Project is complete.

Project Details

  • Status – Construction complete​
  • Contract Awarded – 8/19/2019
  • Contract Amount  – $728,118
  • Contractor – Strider Construction Co. 
  • Completion Date: 5/1/2020
  • Final Contract Amount: $792,066
  • Vicinity​ Map


​​Craig Mueller, P.E. 
​Project Manager
(360) 778-7922

Participating Departments

Affected Neighborhoods