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SR 539 - I-5 to Horton Road - Mobility Improvements - Complete November 2013


We made approximately $3 million in improvements to help reduce collisions and improve mobility along the Guide Meridian between I-5 and Horton Road.

We targeted improvements that provided high benefits for low costs. These improvements include:

  • Restricted turns.
  • Centerline curbing.
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp improvements.
  • Removal of the left turn lane from SR 539 into Bellis Fair at Telegraph Road.
  • Widening the roadway between Bellis Fair Parkway and Bakerview Road.

This stretch of roadway is one busiest in Bellingham. High traffic volumes along with unrestricted access to a busy corridor contributed to nearly 700 collisions  in the 5 years prior to the project.

How You Benefit
Cross GlyphImproves Safety
Restricted turn lanes, centerline curbing, lane widening, and ramp improvementswill  help reduce the number of collisions on this stretch of road.
Car GlyphRelieves Congestion
Improvements to the I-5 off-ramp and lane widening help relieve congestion.
Leaf Glyph Protects Environment
Increased traffic efficiency helps reduce idling and emissions.

Partnerships & Cooperation


Financial Data for PIN 153900M
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $3,032
CWA $0
Total $3,032

This project was funded with money from the federal Coordinated Border Infrastructure program.
• Pre-design and engineering: $500,000
• Right-of-way and construction: $2.75 million
• Total funding available $3.25 million

Contact Us
Chris Damitio
WSDOT Project Engineer
460 Stuart Road,
Bellingham, WA 98226

Dave Chesson
WSDOT communications
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98233

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