Public meeting on four-month closure of Mount Baker Highway east of Bellingham

Mount Baker Highway will close for four months next year, on either side of Anderson Creek. The public can learn more about the bridge construction that will close the highway at a meeting Thursday, Nov. 13.

The Department of Transportation will hold the meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rome Community Bible Church, 2720 Mount Baker Highway.

The new bridge will replace two culverts that become clogged with debris, creating barriers for salmon and requiring frequent maintenance.

A detour will take drivers around the construction on Everson-Goshen Road and East Smith Road. A traffic light will be installed at the intersection of Everson-Goshen and Smith to better manage the increased traffic.

The closure is scheduled to be in effect from June to October 2015.