Orchard Drive Extension

​Project Overview: ES-0440

The Orchard Drive Extension will provide 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 will link 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 feed 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 will also alleviate 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 projects will be built in the same vicinity as this project in 2020, about a year prior to the anticipated start of construction of the Orchard Drive Extension. 

Update – July 2020

Accomplishments: Design has been submitted for WSDOT review. Right of Way is in the final stages.

Next Milestones: Completion of remaining Right of Way. The project anticipates being out for bidding in late summer with a fall 2020 construction start date.

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