Road Report for October 7-11

On Sunday, the annual Buddy Walk (Down Syndrome Outreach) at the Depot Market Square​​ will liven downtown. Meanwhile, a series of ongoing street construction projects throughout Bellingham could affect your commute​.  As always, please travel with care.

​NEW:  Cordata/Stuart/Horton  - safety improvements project
Cordata Parkway from Kline Road to Kellogg Road, Stuart Road from Eliza Street to Cordata Parkway, and Horton Road from the west end to Meridian will be restriped to add dedicated center turn lanes, buffered bicycle lanes, flashing beacon crosswalks at the new Cordata Park and a roundabout at the Horton/Cordata intersection.  There will be occasional lane closures and flaggers present.  No detours are planned.  For more information, visit the project web page or contact Craig Mueller, P.E., project engineer, via camueller@cob.org or (360) 778-7922.

Cordata Park - phase 1
Cordata Park construction activities include changes to sidewalk alignment, pedestrian entries into the park, installation of artwork, irrigation and paving along Cordata Parkway.  Occasional lane closures related to park construction will occur on an as-needed basis into November, then again from January to April 2020. For more information, visit the project web page or contact project manager Jonathan Schilk at jschilk@cob.org or (360) 778-7000.

2019 Transportation Benefit District projects – several locations
Rechannelization of Chestnut Street downtown – restriping a lane of travel to convert from vehicle to bicycle use – is now complete and a lane shift is in place through the Railroad-Chestnut intersection.  Another portion of the 2019 Transportation Benefit District project now under construction is the intersection of North Street and Guide Meridian.  As well, restoration work is ongoing along Old Lakeway Drive, 24th Street and Yew Street. Drivers may experience minor delays for construction work in these areas. For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, via fanthony@cob.org or (360) 778-7924.

Lake Whatcom – Silver Beach Ave/Huntington, Northshore at Maynard, Flynn/Prospect  
Several Lake Whatcom water quality projects are underway to modify existing drainage infrastructure in order to improve water quality protections from pollution, stormwater runoff and phosphorous. Road users may encounter minor delays or detours as the remaining hardscape and restoration work is completed.  For more information, visit the project web page or contact Freeman Anthony, P.E., project engineer, at fanthony@cob.org or (360) 778-7924.

Boulevard Park – Bayview Drive  
Construction activities continue at Boulevard Park and Bayview Drive to complete installation of new utilities.  While the entrance to Boulevard Park is currently open, some delays may occur as crews mobilize a large crane in preparation for the removal of the pedestrian overpass at the Park. This is anticipated to occur around the end of October. The park entrance will be barricaded for one to two days and no vehicle access will be permitted at this time. There will also be  intermittent trail closures. The pedestrian overpass removal is expected to take a week to complete. Updates will be provided via Facebook and other social media outlets.  For more information, check here or contact the project engineer Gina Austin, P.E., at gaustin@cob.org or (360) 778-7000.

Alabama Street, south – alley grading   
Grading is underway on alleys throughout town. Crews began work in the north end, and are moving south through Bellingham to grade alleys that are the City's responsibility.  For more, contact Dan Larsen, Street Division supervisor, via AskPW@cob.org or (360) 778-7700.

​Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
The State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews have been working near Bellingham since this summer, especially on I-5 through Bellingham and east out Sunset Drive. For more information visit https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/travel/construction-updates/whatcom-skagit-island.

Whatcom County
For updates on County projects near Bellingham, visit http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/308/Public-Works.

We provide this "road report" as a public service based on currently available information. When traveling through a construction area – whether walking, cycling or driving – please be patient, travel with care and always obey flaggers. In dark weather, please make sure you're visible to others. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work including resurfacing, sidewalk construction, water and sewer main work, and utility cuts. Dates, times and work locations may vary, depending on inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules. Questions? Contact AskPW@cob.org.

Media Contacts

Paul Reed, Construction Manager
City of Bellingham - Public Works
(360) 778-7929
preed@cob.org