Expect delays on Highway 9 in Whatcom County this summer


Road construction


Expect lane closures, significant delays and slower speeds along 10 miles of Highway 9 starting Tuesday, June 17, as workers make road repairs and put down chip seal.

The work in Whatcom County will be on the highway between Nugent's Corner and Doran Road, which is south of Acme.

Drivers should be prepared for single-lane closures from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Flaggers and pilot cars will control traffic through the work zone, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Speed limits will be reduced to 35 mph during chip sealing. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should use extreme caution in the work zones because of loose rock on the road and shoulders.

The work is scheduled to last through mid-August.

Chip sealing is being done because it's less expensive than asphalt repaving, according to the DOT. About 2,300 vehicles a day use that stretch of Highway 9. Work also is being done on Highway 9 in the Arlington area.

For more information, go to wsdot.wa.gov/construction.

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