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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, 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 Whatcom Transit Authority began routing the Gold GO line, (Link:  http://www.ridewta.com/schedules-and-maps/schedules/go-lines) with 15-minute service through this corridor.

The project cost is estimated at $5,800,000.  Design phase is scheduled for 2019, with Construction anticipated for 2020.

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:  https://www.cob.org/gov/tbd)  Funding, Real Estate Excise Taxes, Transportation Impact Fees (Link: https://www.cob.org/services/planning/transportation/Pages/transportation-impact-fees.aspx) , and Whatcom Transit Authority Contribution (Link: http://www.ridewta.com), Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program.


Status - December 2018


Next Milestone:  Contract with design consultant to initiate the project design phase.

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Affected Neighborhoods

    Irongate; King Mountain; Meridian

Participating Departments

    Public Works