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Birch Bay Drive construction work to begin Monday, August 28th

BIRCH BAY, Wash. — Crews working on behalf of Whatcom County Public Works (WCPW) will begin construction work on Birch Bay Drive on Monday, August 28th. Work will occur between 7am and 5pm Monday through Friday (except for Labor Day) and is expected to continue for 3 weeks.

Source: Whatcom County Public Works

This project will repair damaged sections of Birch Bay Drive from the berm construction during 2020 and 2021 and several damaging storm events from 2018 to the present. 

This work was originally scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2022 but was postponed according to WCPW due to “prioritizing major emergency projects from the November 2021 flood events and staffing shortages.” It was then scheduled to begin July 10th but was again postponed due to “critical project permitting.”

According to WCPW, work is scheduled to resume later this year between September 5th and 15th.

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Grinding and paving work that is part of this project has been postponed until next spring.

This project will grind and repave 2.25 miles of Birch Bay Drive. The work will be divided into two sections: Jackson Road to Alderson Road and Lora Lane to Shintaffer Road. Improvements will also be made to pedestrian facilities, including replaced sidewalks, ADA ramps, and rapid flashing beacons at crosswalks.

Single-lane closures [can be expected] during daytime work for adjusting utility holes and constructing sidewalks, pedestrian curb ramps, and driveway entrances. These closures should have limited impacts on traffic and pedestrians.  Whatcom County Public Works – Birch Bay Drive – Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Repairs to a damaged outfall in Birch Bay will also be completed during this timeframe, taking advantage of the low tides according to WCPW.   

This work will involve intermittent shoulder and partial lane closures. If lane closures are required, signage and flaggers will be present to direct traffic.

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