Oil trains, road funding on agenda for state transportation meeting in Bellingham


BELLINGHAM - Local leaders will have the attention of the Washington State Transportation Commission at a daylong meeting Tuesday, May 20.

A portion of the meeting will be set aside to discuss oil and coal trains.

Scheduled to speak to the seven-member commission are Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws, Port of Bellingham Executive Director Rob Fix, and representatives from tribal and regional transportation organizations.

Linville and Bellingham Public Works Director Ted Carlson will use their time to highlight roads and highways that need attention - and funding.

The mayor's priorities include improving Interstate 5 from Bakerview Road to Grandview Road, construction of an Orchard Drive underpass, the northbound on-ramp at Bakerview and I-5, and options for state and federal funding of local road projects.

A panel at 3:30 p.m. will discuss traffic disruptions, hazards and other issues related to oil and coal shipments by train. Panelists include people from BNSF Railway, the Association of Washington Cities and the Department of Ecology's spill response program.

Public comment will be heard at 4:30 p.m. The entire meeting is open to the public.

The commission writes the state's 20-year transportation plan. The group will meet at City Hall, 210 Lottie St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, go to wstc.wa.gov.

Reach Ralph Schwartz at 360-715-2289 or ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Politics blog at bellinghamherald.com/politics-blog or get updates on Twitter at @bhampolitics.

Bellingham Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service