Deer Trail Landslide Repair

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Deer Tr Slide vicinity map

Project Overview

Status: Planning and permitting at the 30% design level.

Next Steps: Soil Boring onsite in early July. Continue to develop roadway repair design and permitting.

Construction Schedule: This project will likely start in September 2021.

Contact Us

  1. Brian Walker

    Senior Engineering Technician
    360-778-6266
    bwalker@co.whatcom.wa.us

    Whatcom County Public Works
    322 N. Commercial St., Suite 301, Bellingham,  WA 98225

    In an emergency, call 911

A portion of Deer Trail is experiencing structural failure and severe erosion from an extreme wet weather event that happened in late 2020 and early 2021. The location of this issue is approximately 400 feet north of the intersection of Deer Trail and Birch Bay Drive. For safety, this portion of the roadway is currently restricted to one-lane traffic with temporary stop signs to control traffic. Concrete ‘jersey’ barriers keep vehicles from getting too close to the damaged pavement. 

In response to the landslide event, Whatcom County Public Works contracted with a local geotechnical engineering firm to evaluate the site and determine if traffic can continue to safely utilize the one-lane restricted roadway. 

  1. Deer Trail will return to two-lane traffic after completion of roadwork scheduled to start Oct. 20

    Crews will soon begin construction of an additional temporary travel lane on Deer Trail that will allow two-way traffic on the roadway. Drivers should expect alternating single-lane closures. Click the link to read more: Read on...
  2. Repair Update for Birch Bay's Deer Trail Road

    Public Works is acquiring property access agreements to areas needed for Deer Trail landslide repairs. This legal process is necessary before construction can start. We still hope to do this work in fall 2021, once all legal agreements are in place.
  3. Deer Trail Road Repairs in Permitting and Planning Phase

    Drivers on Deer Trail should expect delays in July when soil samples are taken with a boring machine. Samples collected will be used to develop repair designs. Construction on the repairs is expected in late summer/early fall of 2021. Read on...
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Deer Trail Landslide

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