Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Come one, come all: Open houses to learn about upcoming Whatcom & Island County projects

By Ally Barrera

After being cooped up for what felt like an eternity by a relentless march of snowstorms, my colleagues and I are ready to get out into the community and meet with the public about our upcoming construction projects.

With a busy construction season on tap for Whatcom and Island counties, there are several opportunities coming up to learn about what's going on and have your questions answered.

This year's projects include:
  • Rehabilitating more than 45 miles of highway pavement
  • Improving fish passage through five creeks and tributaries
  • Building a new roundabout
  • Preserving and repainting one of Washington's most iconic bridges
Painting the Deception Pass Bridge is just one of the many projects
coming to Island and Whatcom counties this summer.

These events give us a chance to hear your stories, your concerns and get your feedback. Here's what's coming up:

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Mt. Baker Highway community event
1-4 p.m. at the Deming Library
Come hear about this summer's pavement resurfacing projects on SR 542, as well as the Tawes Creek fish passage project happening on SR 9 in the town of Van Zandt.

Tuesday, Feb. 26 - Bellingham projects open house
5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bellingham Christian School
We'll focus on the two paving projects happening on a 23-mile stretch of SR 542 from Bellingham to the town of Kendall. We've also invited the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and other partners to join us for this event in case you have questions for them, too.

Tuesday, March 12 - Island County open house
5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School
If you want information about all of our 2019 projects happening in Island County - including the repainting of Deception Pass Bridge and the new roundabout coming to SR 20 - this is the event for you. If you can't make it Tuesday, Deception Pass State Park will also hold an event on Saturday, March 16, and will have more information on the Deception Pass Bridge project.
A 23-mile stretch of SR 542 between Bellingham
and Kendall will be paved this summer.

If you aren't able to make the open house in your community and have feedback or questions, you can email me your thoughts at barrera@wsdot.wa.gov. We're looking forward to meeting some of you this month and next. Thank you for being involved in your community and getting engaged in the conversation to help keep your family and all of Washington moving forward.