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Marine Drive project to resume in March, alternate routes recommended

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Work is scheduled to resume soon on the Marine Drive reconstruction project to widen and reconstruct the existing roadway to allow the addition of pedestrian and bicycle facilities on Marine Drive between Locust Avenue and Alderwood Avenue.

Ends of work area denoted by red markers.

Officials with Whatcom County Public Works announced work is scheduled to resume in early March and motorists should plan for single-lane closures and minor delays as a result. Alternate routes are recommended

Work on the project was delayed between August and October last year due to material shortages and suspended in November for the winter season.

Specific aspects of the project include the following.

  • Widen, reconstruct, and resurface the Marine Drive roadway corridor
  • Add concrete curb/gutter and sidewalks on both sides of roadway
  • Add 5-foot-wide bicycle lanes adjacent to vehicle lanes
  • Add a crosswalk equipped with a push button activated rapid flashing beacon in the vicinity of the Port of Bellingham’s Marine Drive trail system and parking lot
  • Increase the unobstructed area adjacent to the roadway by relocating above ground utilities and poles and replacing existing roadside ditches with a tight-line stormwater conveyance system
  • Improve stormwater management for the roadway corridor


  1. Janice W. February 15, 2022

    I hope an overhead light at the corner of Alderwood and Marine Dr is part of the plan. Right now it’s extremely dark there at night and hard to locate Alderwood when driving down Marine Dr.

  2. lawrence February 16, 2022

    Would be great if they improved the bridge (Death Bridge) by Smith Gardens.

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