- We opened the new lane between Bellis Fair Parkway and Bakerview Road on Wednesday Oct. 27. The project was completed Nov. 1.
- We selected a number of improvements for the Guide Meridian, which you can read more about in our final report (pdf 632kb).
- We've summarized the report in this folio (pdf 730kb).
We had approximately $3 million to make improvements that will help reduce collisions and improve mobility along the Guide Meridian between I-5 and Horton Road.
Why is WSDOT
improving the Guide Meridian?
The Guide is easily one of the busiest roads in Bellingham. It’s a primary retail center and a key transportation link between I-5 and the Canadian border. Consequently, it can get quite congested, especially near the I-5 interchange.
Essentially, the problem is that there’s just too much squeezed into too small a space. The sheer volume of traffic plus all the turning in and out of roads and driveways is a bad combination and a bit chaotic. This has contributed to nearly 700 collisions in the last five years. It's common sense that unrestricted access on a busy corridor is neither safe nor efficient.
The End Result
We made safety improvements that will help improve efficiency and reduce collisions between I-5 and Horton Road. We targeted improvements that provide high benefit for low cost.
- Restricted turns
- Installed centerline curbing
- Improved the northbound I-5 off-ramp
- Removed the left turn from SR 539 into Bellis Fair at Telegraph Road
- Widened the roadway between Bellis Fair Parkway and Bakerview Road
Safety: We made improvements that should help reduce collisions and congestion along the Guide.
Environment: Improvements will increase efficiency and reduce idling and emissions.
What is the project timeline?
- April-June, 2011: Seek public input and conduct technical evaluation.
- July, 2011: Release interim report - summary of public input and results of technical evaluation.
- July-Aug. 2011: Seek public input.
- Sept. 2011: Select improvement options for 2013 construction.
- Sept.-Dec. 2011: Share results and inform community about next steps. Begin detailed engineering for 2013 construction.
- Began construction: May 2013
- Construction completed: Nov. 1, 2013
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Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
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
How can I get more information?
Project Engineer, Chris Damitio
460 Stuart Road,
Bellingham, WA 98226
Communications, Dave Chesson
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98233
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