The Phase 1 Feasibility Study for the Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvements, as recommended by the Pedestrian Master Plan, is underway and is anticipated to take approximately 12 months, from October 2012 through October 2013. Please check back frequently for project updates and new information.
Alabama Street experiences too many vehicle collisions and is a barrier to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit users.
To be determined through the Phase 1 Feasibility Analysis of Safety Improvements
Multi-Agency Working Group met November 6, 2013 to discuss preliminary recommendations and will meet again on December 11, 2013 to develop final “Multi-Agency Working Group Recommendation.” Preliminary results of the technical analysis were presented to the Bellingham Transportation Commission on November 12. The Alternatives Analysis Report is currently being compiled and publication is expected by December 31, 2013.
The Phase 1 Technical Analysis has concluded and the Multi-Agency Working
Group is scheduled to meet on November 6 to discuss analysis results and
preliminary study recommendations. The complete results of the technical
analysis will be compiled into an Alternatives Analysis Report by the end of
A second Open House with presentation to the public is envisioned for February 2014 , but is not yet scheduled. A public hearing before the Bellingham City Council is envisioned for March 2014, but is not yet scheduled.
The Phase 1 Technical Analysis is wrapping up in October 2013 and complete results will be compiled into a Technical Report by the end of 2013. A second Open House with presentation to the public is envisioned for January 2014, but is not yet scheduled. A public hearing before the Bellingham City Council is envisioned for March 2014, but is not yet scheduled.
Travel demand modeling and technical analysis is on-going with WCOG and Fehr & Peers consultants.
Two Open House events will occur during first quarter of 2013 to provide opportunities for the public and business owners to review project materials, ask questions, and provide input.
Videos of Existing Conditions at Alabama/James and Alabama/Woburn
Total traffic volumes on the corridor are highest at these two intersections, which are congested during peak hours. We recorded 14 hours of video from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM and captured still images every five minutes of all the approaches at these two key intersections. These images were combined with video during the morning peak , midday peak, and afternoon peak time periods. The videos depict that while there are periods of traffic congestion, especially during the afternoon peak hour, some of this traffic congestion is due to the substandard left turn pocket and there are very few periods of “cycle failure” where motorists have to wait through multiple signal cycles on Alabama Street.