FERNDALE, Wash. — On November 3rd, officials with the City of Ferndale announced on their website that a “major change” would be “implemented ahead of the opening of the new overpass to allow drivers to adjust to the new traffic pattern.”
A major change is coming to the intersection at Thornton St. and Malloy Ave. Starting next week, the stop signs at the intersection will be switched so that north and southbound traffic on Malloy Ave. must stop while traffic on Thornton St. will be free flowing. Drivers are urged to use caution as everyone adjusts to the changes. Flashing stop signs will be installed to heighten visibility of the revision. City of Ferndale, (November 3, 2023)
The revision went into effect the morning of Thursday, November 9th according to the City. Soon after, the City’s Facebook post announcing the change began filling with citizen reports of near misses and concerns over the visibility of the new stop signs, noting they are placed some distance from the lanes of travel.
When Whatcom News paid a visit to the intersection about 10am, temporary stop signs had been placed on the Thornton Street legs of the intersection, effectively making it a 4-way stop intersection. Sometime later, the temporary stop signs were removed leaving the 2 stop signs on Malloy Avenue.
There is no record of any other stop signs ever having been installed facing Malloy Avenue/Road motorists along its over 2-mile stretch except at the ends of the road.
There has been no recent official announcement regarding a timeframe for opening the Thornton Street overpass. The City’s website says, “completion estimated in 2023.”
Officials with the City did not respond to an emailed request for information about future plans for the intersection. City offices were closed for Veterans Day.