Sunday, July 27, 2008

WSDOT Update Mt. Baker Highway & Meridian

Plenty of work this week on Mount Baker Highway

It’s going to be a busy week for our crews on Mount Baker Highway – and for you, if it’s a route you regularly drive. Starting Monday, crews will be working on two separate projects on the highway.

The first project will require intermittent lane closures from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, between Britton Road and Coal Creek. Our crews will be out taking core samples from the roadway in preparation for paving and maintenance work that will be done next year.

The second project will also require lane closures, but these will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only be near the Britton Road intersection. There, our crews will repave the intersection to add a left-turn pocket on Mount Baker Highway for westbound vehicles turning on to Britton Road; a left-turn refuge on Mount Baker Highway for vehicles turning west from Britton Road; and will extend the no-passing zone.

The left-turn refuge is a tapered merging and acceleration lane located in the center of Mount Baker Highway that allows drivers turning west off Britton Road a place to wait for a break in traffic, or get up to speed and merge into traffic. The project should improve safety for drivers at that intersection.

Open house set for Sunset Drive widening project

The second phase of the city of Bellingham’s Sunset Drive widening project is about to get under way. If you’re interested in finding out more about the project, which will widen Sunset Drive between Woburn and McLeod roads, you’re invited to attend an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in the multipurpose room at Bloedel Donovan park, 2214 Electric Street, Bellingham.

The meeting is in an ADA accessible building. People who need special assistance or who have questions regarding the project can contact Mark Handzlik , the project engineer, at 360-778-7900.

Guide closed intermittently at night

You’ll want to pack your patience Thursday night if you need to drive the Guide. Starting at 8 p.m. July 31, we’ll need to intermittently
close all lanes of traffic on the Guide for up to 10 minutes at a time so our crews can set 10 girders for the new Four Mile Creek bridge. When the road is open, flaggers will direct you through the work zone.

The bridge work is one of the final pieces of the widening project on the southern end of the Guide. Once crews set the girders, they can begin paving the road over the top of them.

This will be the first of two closures to set girders. The next closure, scheduled for early August, will allow crews to set girders for the Ten Mile Creek bridge. We’ll keep you posted on the dates and times of that closure

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