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Bellingham’s road construction season in full swing

Faber Construction workers Niceto Canete, left, and Matthew Romero guide a manhole box being lifted by an excavator operated by Heath Opel as the crew finished replacing a manhole on East Holly Street in Bellingham, Monday, June 15, 2015. The manhole replacement is one of several summer construction projects underway in Bellingham.
Faber Construction workers Niceto Canete, left, and Matthew Romero guide a manhole box being lifted by an excavator operated by Heath Opel as the crew finished replacing a manhole on East Holly Street in Bellingham, Monday, June 15, 2015. The manhole replacement is one of several summer construction projects underway in Bellingham. The Bellingham Herald

Traffic disruptions on Holly Street have ended for now, but delays and road closures are sure to be found elsewhere in the city with road construction season in full swing.

Sewer replacement work moved up Holly from Champion Street to Ellis Street, often squeezing three lanes of traffic into one lane. After wrapping up on Holly on Monday, June 15, crews and equipment moved to Texas Street to do similar work, city Construction Manager Paul Reed said.

Workers will return to Holly Street later this summer to finish the work there, Reed said. He said only center-lane closures are anticipated, and they should cause less congestion.

Other ongoing roadwork in Bellingham:

▪ Alabama Street. Expect lane closures and flaggers directing traffic between Cornwall Avenue and James Street. The city is making safety improvements in this $3.4 million project.

▪ Chestnut-Bay Bridge. The 1928 bridge between downtown and the waterfront is closed for up to six months for an upgrade that will enable it to carry heavier trucks.

▪ Cornwall Avenue. Another busy downtown street will be down to one lane for sewer replacement. The work on Cornwall extends one block, from York Street to Champion Street.

▪ Padden Creek. Restoration of the creek to a natural channel will have minimal effect on traffic, but the parking lot accessing the Interurban Trail west of 20th Street is closed.

▪ West College Way. This street on the Western Washington University campus is closed between Highland Drive and Bill McDonald Parkway so the pavement can be replaced with concrete. Fresh pavement laid on College Way in 2013 is already starting to show excessive wear, caused mainly by buses taking that steep, sharp curve, city officials have said.

The complete list of current projects is on the city website, cob.org. Click on “road restrictions and closures” under “News” on the homepage.

Reach Ralph Schwartz at 360-715-2289 or ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Politics Blog at bellinghamherald.com/politics-blog and follow him on Twitter at @BhamPolitics.

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