Orchard Drive Extension

​Project Overview: ES440

The Orchard Drive Extension provides a new multi-modal link for the City of Bellingham transportation system: ​an arterial linking the street grid east and west of Interstate 5 taking advantage of an existing grade separated crossing, with bike lanes and sidewalks. The project links the King Mountain Neighborhood, directly under the existing highway to the Cornwall Neighborhood near the hospital. Currently planned developm​ents in King Mountain include 1,500 residential housing units and 40,000 square feet of commercial space which will add significantly to the future traffic volumes on James Street Road.​ In addition to helping the future congestion on James Street Road, the project alleviates traffic congestion near the regional hospital on Ellis Street by routing a portion of the traffic to the new street.

The Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 an​d 4 habitat enha​ncement project was built in the same vicinity as this project in 2020. 

Project Status – Complete January 2022

Construction of this project was completed in January 2022 and opened to traffic. Final construction cost was $7,543,144.

Supporting Documents​

Project Details

  • Status – Construction
  • Contract Awarded – January 2021
  • Contract Amount – $6,592,435.18
  • Contractor – Strider Construction
  • Vicinity Map

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​Craig Mueller, P.E.
Project Engineer
Phone: (360) 778-7922
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