Telegraph Road Multimodal Improvements

Project Overview

The Telegraph Road Multimodal Improvements Project (ES537) will upgrade and rehabilitate the Telegraph Road corridor from Deemer Road to James Street to improve safety and connectivity for all users, including pedestrians, bicycles, transit and motor vehicles. The existing narrow rural road has limited, sub-standard pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Portions of the project corridor have seen increased transit use since WTA began routing the Gold GO line with 15-minute service through this corridor. This multimodal improvement project will reconstruct this corridor to a complete urban street, with typical amenities of multimodal features and services including:

  • Sidewalks
  • Streetlights
  • Curbs
  • Gutters
  • Bike lanes
  • Pedestrian-activated flashing crosswalks
  • Intersection traffic signals
  • Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus stops
  • Traffic channelization
Map highlighting section of Telegraph Road between Deemer Road and James Street. Highlighted section is labeled Project Area.
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Project Status – May 2023


  • 90% design is complete
  • Federal environmental permits have been received
  • Right-of-way process is complete

Next Milestones: 

  • Complete 100% design
  • Receive local environmental permit approvals
  • Certify the right-of-way
  • Bid project in June 2023


The project construction cost is estimated at $6,100,000. Funding will come from Transportation Benefit District No. 1, Real Estate Excise Taxes, Transportation Impact Fees, a contribution from WTA, and federal funding via a Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG).



Craig Mueller, Project Engineer
Phone: (360) 778-7922

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