Posted: June 30, 2014 8:42:06 AM PDT
Starting Monday, July 7, James Street between Orchard Drive and Sunset Pond park closes for six months for bridge replacement work. Now is a good time to start planning alternate routes around the closure. Detours will be in place via Telegraph and Bakerview Roads.
Crews will work Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to facilitate construction of the new bridge through varied elevation changes. Signed detour routes will be in place with local access maintained to Sunset Pond Park and adjacent businesses. However the City of Bellingham is requesting that those familiar with the area plan out their alternate routes now.
Construction will continue through the summer and Fall with the work substantially completed when the road reopens.
“The closures arrive next week and drivers need to be ready,” said Project Engineer Craig Mueller. “The last thing we want are morning commuters caught by surprise by the closures."
The city knows the closure will be an inconvenience for drivers and bicyclists, but this is the fastest, safest, most fiscally responsible and environmentally conscious way to complete the construction.
“The closures are going to be inconvenient and will add time to commutes,” said Mueller. “However with the road completely closed, the contractor can get in and complete the construction significantly faster and minimize any negative effects on the nearby wetlands.”
The completed work will provide significant improvements for bicycles and pedestrians as well as motorists. The street will be widened to include bicycle lanes, sidewalk on the east side, a center turn lane and street lighting. The project also includes a one-way paved parking area for Sunset Pond.
For additional information visit the city website at http://www.cob.org/government/departments/pw/projects/james-street-bridge-replacement-road-improvements.aspx
The detour plan is posted as part of the Squalicum Corridor Open House Presentation slide 7. http://www.cob.org/documents/pw/engineering/squalicum-corridor-projects-5-6-14.pdf
Craig Mueller, Project Engineer
Public Works Department