BELLINGHAM - The intersection of Bay and Chestnut streets will be closed for about six months beginning at midsummer for an estimated six-month repair job.
The intersection is built above BNSF Railway Co. tracks, and needs resurfacing and replacement of expansion joints among other repairs.
The closure of the intersection will require detours for traffic moving to and from the waterfront and downtown via Roeder Avenue, the main route to the Bellwether, Port of Bellingham headquarters and Squalicum Harbor.
Public Works Director Ted Carlson told City Council members that the job can be done faster and cheaper if it is closed to traffic while the work is underway. He estimated the savings at about $600,000.
As it is, the cost will be about $2.6 million, to be covered by a federal grant.
MAP OF INTERSECTION
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