Question: At the three-way intersection where James, State and Iowa streets come together there is a green arrow for right turns from State onto Iowa. Both the far right and middle lanes may turn onto Iowa when the main light is green, but can both lanes turn when the arrow is lit, or just the far right lane?
Answer: When the green light or the green arrow are showing, it is legal for either of the lanes to make the right turn onto Iowa Street.
Q: I live on King Street just north of Alabama Street and have the following traffic issues: massive overflow from Trader Joe's, people cutting through the neighborhood to avoid the light at Alabama and James streets, people racing up the street to drop their children off at the school and just general traffic from people using the intersection as a turn. How do we go about making the 2500 block of King Street a one-way street going south? I know the lower parts of King Street were able to get one-way status to fend off Interstate 5 cut-through traffic.
A: My suggestion would be to contact the city of Bellingham Public Works Department and ask to speak to someone in their traffic section. Explain the situation and see what they may be able to suggest.
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David Wright is a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who is now on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force.