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Update: Water damage forces W Smith Road closure

Road closure at W Smith Road west of LaBounty Drive (March 15, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

Update 1pm 3/17/17
City officials announced the reopening of W Smith Road today. Water on the roadway recorded enough to make temporary repairs to the damaged roadway surface. More permanent repairs will be made when weather permits.

Original Story
City of Ferndale officials announced today W Smith Road just west of LaBounty Drive is closed to all traffic until further notice.

Ferndale Public Works Supervisor Bo Westford said the chronic flow of water across the road has saturated the bed beneath the asphalt surface. The lack of a firm roadbed has caused the asphalt surface to break apart and at least one large hole has resulted.

The water flowing north to south across the road is overflow from ponds and swales located to the north between Hovander Road and LaBounty Drive said Westford.

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The road will remain closed until crews are able to access the road to make the repairs. According to Westford, when the water recedes enough to be able to make repairs “could be while, it all depends on weather.”

Drivers can access services and businesses behind the road closure via Hovander Road from Main Street.

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