Bellis Fair disputes element of WSDOT Meridian Street congestion plan

Bellis Fair mall objects to a traffic change along Meridian Street that the state Department of Transportation says will greatly reduce congestion.

The DOT recently announced which proposed congestion-relief fixes it wants to do for Meridian Street north of Interstate 5, one of Bellingham’s most congested areas. One of the fixes is to prevent traffic going northbound on Meridian Street from taking a left onto Telegraph Road.

General Growth Properties, which owns the mall, and a consultant, The Transpo Group, say completely blocking turns at the main mall entrance will cause traffic problems and hurt business.

The DOT said the fixes will reduce congestion, and it'll work with the mall to reduce negative impacts.

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