Budget Information

SR 542 - I-5 to Britton Road - Paving, Culvert and ADA Compliance

Project News:

  • The single contractor bid received on this project was too far above the engineer's estimate to be accepted. WSDOT rejected the bid. Engineers will review the plans to streamline sections, continue conversations with city of Bellingham about visions for this area and will readvertise this project in fall 2018.
  • During overnight hours, WSDOT contractor crews will repave the first three miles of SR 542, including I-5 ramps and will improve access for pedestrians of all abilities.
  • Those interested in weekly information on this project should sign up for Whatcom County email updates.

In 2019 WSDOT contractor crews will repave three miles of State Route 542 in both directions between I-5 and Britton Road. Along with this work pedestrian crossings will be improved and a culvert replaced near Dewey Road.

Why is WSDOT doing this project?
This stretch of SR 542 is a heavily traveled area through the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County which is used by more than 43,000 vehicles each day. Doing this work will keep the highway preserved, safe and provide a smoother trip for travelers.
How will this project affect me?
People driving and cycling should expect overnight lane closures Sunday evenings through Friday mornings. There could be ground down sections of road around-the-clock. Travelers should plan extra time into their trips during this construction. Pedestrians crossing improvements will be done during the day. Those using intersections in this stretch should plan for possible detours.

The End Result
When the project is finished, it will provide Bellingham area drivers, cyclists and pedestrians smoother and easier access along this busy stretch of SR 542.

Project Benefits

  • Preserves infrastructure.
  • Extends the life of the highway.
  • Improves pedestrian access to businesses and transportation options.
  • Reduces the need for costly emergency maintenance repairs and unexpected closures.

What is the project timeline?

  • Fall 2017: Design work completed.
  • Winter 2018: Project advertised for competitive bidding.
  • Winter 2018: Single contractor bid rejected.
  • Fall 2018: Projected readvertised for competitive bidding.
  • Spring 2019: Construction begins.
  • Fall 2019: Construction complete.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 154201E, 154201F, 154202S
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $1,051
CWA $3,676
Total $4,727

The current total estimated cost of this project is $4.7 million.


How can I get more information?

Andrea E. Petrich

Gabe Ng
Project Engineer