Project Overview: ES-0440
The Orchard Drive Extension will provide a new multi-modal link for the City of Bellingham transportation system: an arterial linking the street grid east and west of Interstate 5 taking advantage of an existing grade separated crossing, with bike lanes and sidewalks. The project will link the King Mountain Neighborhood, directly under the existing highway to the Cornwall Neighborhood near the hospital. Currently planned developments in King Mountain include 1,500 residential housing units and 40,000 square feed of commercial space which will add significantly to the future traffic volumes on James Street Road. In addition to helping the future congestion on James Street Road, the project will also alleviate traffic congestion near the regional hospital on Ellis Street by routing a portion of the traffic to the new street.
The Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 and 4 habitat enhancement projects will be built in the same vicinity as this project in 2020, about a year prior to the anticipated start of construction of the Orchard Drive Extension.
Update - June 2020
Accomplishments: Design is at the draft 100% stage and the remaining right of way is in the process of being obtained.
Next Milestones: Due to construction funding accessibility and COVID-19, construction is anticipated to begin in 2021.
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