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These road construction projects might delay you this summer

Colacurcio Brothers Construction worker Mike Snow works on Bill McDonald Parkway on the Western Washington University campus Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016. The repaving is one of many road construction projects drivers will encounter in Whatcom County this summer.
Colacurcio Brothers Construction worker Mike Snow works on Bill McDonald Parkway on the Western Washington University campus Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016. The repaving is one of many road construction projects drivers will encounter in Whatcom County this summer. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

With the summer travel season here it’s also time for road construction projects.

This year Whatcom County appears to have fewer of the major road closure projects and more close-a-lane situations that may slow traffic at times.

There is also a major repaving project underway on Interstate 5 through Mount Vernon that means lots of evening lane closures, and a huge number of projects in the Seattle area, including the Alaska Way Viaduct replacement.

Several websites are available to keep track of local construction projects, including the Washington State Department of Transportation, Whatcom County road projects and Bellingham’s Road Report.

Here’s a look at the big Whatcom projects, starting with state work and followed by county and Bellingham projects:

Interstate 5 repaving from Bellingham south to Nulle Road

Project: Repaving work on the northbound and southbound lanes between the Iowa Street exit in Bellingham going south about 10 miles to Nulle Road. Crews also will repave the North Lake Samish on- and off-ramps.

Impact: Drivers should expect single-lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. The project could be delayed during rainy weather.

Timeline: Started in May and is expected to be completed at the end of summer.

Cost: $2.6 million.

I-5 repaving for 12 miles north of Bellingham

Project: Crews will repave about 12 miles of northbound I-5 between the Nooksack River and Blaine.

Impact: Single-lane closures on northbound I-5 from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. This project also will have several on-ramp and off-ramp closures, including exits 260-274. A couple of southbound ramps in the area will have some repaving done.

Timeline: Started in May and is expected to go through mid-August.

Cost: About $6.7 million.

Fish passage — Mount Baker Highway between Kendall and Maple Falls

Project: High Creek, also known as Levitt Creek, passes through a 6-foot round culvert just west of Maple Falls. The culvert is starting to fail and the plan is to replace it with a box culvert, which will allow fish to pass through. To keep traffic flowing during the culvert replacement, crews will build a temporary road to the north of the project.

Impact: Speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph on the temporary section of Mount Baker Highway.

Timeline: Preliminary work underway now, but much of the project is expected to take place after July 15, said Marqise Allen, spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Project is expected to be completed by the fall.

Cost: $2.6 million.

Fish passage project at Blaine Road

Project: Crews will replace the existing 3-foot-diameter culvert on Blaine Road with a 12-foot-wide, 6-foot-tall box culvert. Work will take place between Hoyt Street and Hall Road, south of Blaine.

Impact: Blaine Road will be closed in both directions for one weekend between mid-July and mid-August. Signed detours will be in place during the closure. Single lane closures are also required to complete the project. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone during single lane closures.

Timeline: July 16 through Aug. 31.

Cost: About $1 million.

COUNTY PROJECTS

Potter Road/South Fork bridge replacement

Project: Work continues on replacing the Nooksack River South Fork Bridge near Potter Road. Work will include final repaving, landscaping and stormwater installation.

Impact: During the final paving work, the bridge will be reduced to one lane with flaggers directing traffic.

Timeline: Starts in July, should be completed in December.

Cost: Around $6.5 million for the entire project.

Lakeway Drive crosswalk

Project: Install a crosswalk signal at the intersection of Parkstone Drive.

Impact: One lane will remain open at all times during construction, but there could be significant delays. There are some side roads to bypass (Oriental Avenue and Euclid Avenue). Crews will try to avoid paving work during peak hours.

Timeline: Late August through September.

Cost: Around $300,000.

South Pass Road repair

Project: Repair about 700 feet of road that was damaged during a February 2015 storm. This portion of the project is near the North Pass Road intersection.

Impact: One lane will remain open at all times, but there could be significant delays.

Timeline: August and September.

Cost: Around $650,000.

Saar Creek Bridge replacement

Project: Replacing a 38-foot bridge over Saar Creek with a new 53-foot span on South Pass Road.

Impact: South Pass Road will be closed during construction with Frost Road being used as a detour.

Timeline: Monday, July 11, to end of October.

Cost: Around $1.3 million.

BELLINGHAM PROJECTS

Paving projects

Project: Several projects in the city this summer, including Bill McDonald Parkway, Billy Frank Jr. Street and 30th Street.

Impact: Flaggers will direct traffic, there could be some delays.

Timeline: Underway now, will be completed at the end of July or early August.

Cost: $578,566.

Water main replacement on Sunset

Project: A water main will be replaced on Sunset Drive between I-5 and Ellis Street, near the hospital. This is part of a multiple water main replacement project. Construction crews did work on Nevada Street and are currently working on East Champion Street.

Impact: Some of the work will be done at night to minimize traffic delays, and flaggers will direct traffic.

Timeline: August and September.

Cost: $1.8 million.

Bike boulevard on Kentucky and Nevada streets

Project: Similar to bike street markings in other parts of the city, this project includes some sidewalk improvements and curb work on both Kentucky and Nevada streets.

Impact: Occasional lane closures.

Timeline: Already started, expected to be done in mid-August.

Cost: $387,508.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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