Telegraph Road Multimodal Improvements

Project Overview:  ​ES-0537

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, street lights, curbs, gutters, bike lanes, pedestrian-activated flashing crosswalks, intersection traffic signals, crosswalks, 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, (link: with 15-minute service through this corridor.

The project cost is estimated at $5,800,000.  Design phase is scheduled for 2019, right-of-way acquisition during 2019-2020 and construction anticipated for 2021-2022.

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 (link:  Funding, Real Estate Excise Taxes, Transportation Impact Fees (link: , and WTA contribution (link:, Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program.

Status – May 2020

Accomplishments: 30% Design completed.  

Next Milestones: Complete 60% Design; complete environmental permitting; initiate right-of-way phase.  

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​Steve Day, PE
Project Engineer – Public Works
(360) 778-7944

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