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New on-ramp to northbound I-5 opened today

Construction of a 2nd on-ramp at the W Bakerview Road I-5 interchange (August 10, 2021). Photo courtesy of WSDOT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A second northbound I-5 on-ramp on the east side of the freeway at the W Bakerview Road interchange opened to drivers today, November 5th. It is accessible to drivers heading westbound on W Bakerview Road.

An existing on-ramp on the west side of the interchange will remain for those drivers traveling eastbound on W Bakerview Road.

Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) say the on-ramp was built to increase access for drivers coming from the east, thus reducing westbound trips across the W Bakerview Road overpass.

Corresponding changes to the lane configuration on the overpass provides more room for eastbound travelers according to WSDOT.

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Construction of the ramp began in May. WSDOT officials said the existing on-ramp from the west side of I-5 was built with the overpass in 1975 due to expectations that W Maplewood Avenue would become a heavily traveled main arterial.

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