Telegraph Road Multimodal Improvements

Project Overview:  ​ES537

The project will upgrade and rehabilitate the Telegraph Road corridor from Deemer Road to James Street. The existing narrow rural road has limited, substandard pedestrian and bicycle facilities. 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 and traffic channelization. Portions of the project corridor are currently being transformed by rapid private development and growth in this area of Bellingham. The corridor has recently seen increased transit use, when WTA began routing the Gold GO line, with 15-minute service through this corridor.

The project construction cost is estimated at $6,100,000. The project design phase is in progress for 2020-2021, right-of-way acquisition will begin in 2021 and construction anticipated for 2022.

The project’s purpose is to improve safety and connectivity along this street corridor for all users, including pedestrians, bicycles, transit and motor vehicles.

Funding will be 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).

Status – June 2022


  • 60% Design completed
  • Environmental permits submitted
  • Right-of-Way process nearly complete

Next Milestones: 

  • Complete 90% Design
  • Receive environmental permit approvals
  • Complete right-of-way acquisitions

Project Details

  • Status – Design
  • Contract Awarded ​-
  • Contract Amount –
  • Contractor –
  • Vicinity ​Map


Craig Mueller, PE
Project Engineer – Public Works
(360) 778-7922

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