Work to start on compact roundabouts north of Bellingham

Work begins the week of Monday, Oct. 6, on three compact roundabouts on Slater Road, near Interstate 5.

Three busy intersections will be converted into roundabouts, primarily to make left turns safer. The work at both the northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps, and at Slater and Pacific Highway, will take about three weeks.

Traffic will not be affected until Oct. 14, according to the Department of Transportation. Much of the work will be done in the evenings to minimize the impact to drivers, project engineer Chris Damitio said.

Compact roundabouts have about half the diameter of standard roundabouts and cost $100,000 each to build, compared to about $2 million for a full-sized roundabout because adjacent properties don’t need to be purchased for construction.

For more information go to wsdot.wa.gov and enter “Slater roundabouts” in the search box.