Slater Road roundabouts in Ferndale get green light with dry forecast

An anticipated break in the wet weather will allow crews to make progress this week on compact roundabouts for Slater Road.

Construction of the small roundabouts will take place on weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. at three Slater Road intersections: the two on- and off-ramps at Interstate 5, and Pacific Highway. Weather forecasters are calling for the dry conditions that paving requires from Monday, Nov. 10, to Thursday, Nov. 13. Lanes will be closed, and flaggers will direct traffic.

The roundabouts should improve safety at the intersections. Heavy traffic on Slater during rush hour makes it difficult to turn left onto the road from the on-ramps and Pacific Highway.

Small roundabouts, about 60 feet in diameter, were chosen over more conventional roundabouts because they require no property acquisitions and are much less expensive. Whatcom County is covering most of the $350,000 cost of the three roundabouts.

VIDEO: Washington Department of Transportation engineer Chris Damitio explains the roundabouts at Slater Road in this video.