Samish-Maple-Ellis Multimodal Safety Improvements

​​​​​Project Overvi​​ew:  ES-0552

In 2016-2017, the City (Public Works and TranspoGroup consultants) completed a comprehensive corridor study to examine alternatives to reduce collisions, construct bikeway facilities, improve pedestrian safety, and improve the streetscape environment along 3/4 mile of the Samish-Maple-Ellis corridor from Bill McDonald Parkway to Lakeway Drive.  The 2009 Samish Way Urban Village Plan made some recommendations for the corridor (see below) and the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan recommended bike lanes on the south portion of the corridor and “Further Study Needed” for the north portion of the corridor where “S” turns and other arterial streets connect to the corridor.

Excerpt from the 2014 Bellingham Bicycle Master Plan (chapter 3, page 54) re: Samish Way – Samish Way is a key crossing from Lincoln Street into the Samish Way Urban Village and the main access to Western Washington University along Bill McDonald Parkway. The nearby WWU Lincoln Street Park and Ride, Sehome Village, and Lakeway commercial area are important destinations for University students and other local residents. In order to improve bicycle access in this area, the existing bike lanes on Samish Way should be upgraded to buffered bike lanes and pavement markings should extend through the intersections. Green bike lanes should be considered between travel lanes on the west side of the interchange to denote a vehicle-bicycle mixing zone and to enhance bicyclists’ safety.

​​​Status Update – May 2021

Accomplishments: Project complete.

Aerial footage of the Samish-Maple-Ellis corridor

Next Milestone: Closeout project.

Project Details

  • Status – Complete
    • Project punchlist inspection complete. Waiting to finish punchlist items and close-out project.
  • Contract Awarded – July 2020
  • Contract Amount – $766,232.90
  • Contractor – Colacurcio Brothers
  • Completion Date – November 2, 2020

September 2016 – May ​2020

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Construction contact:
Freeman (Fritz) Anthony, PE
Project Engineer
(360) 778-7924

Transportation ​Planning contact:

Chris Comeau
Transportation Planner
(360) 778-7946
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