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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Whatcom Clean Water Program Is Asking for Your Help Preventing Pollution!

Bellingham, WA - This fall and winter, Whatcom Clean Water Program partners are asking local community members to take steps to keep our waterways clean and community healthy. As rains return following a dry summer, pollutants are washed off hard surfaces...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Garrison Road/Johnson Creek Bridge No. 349-Weight Restriction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Garrison Road/Johnson Creek Bridge No. 349 Weight Restriction

Location:  Garrison Road approximately 0.25 miles south of Halverstick Road 

The Whatcom County Public Works Department has placed a weight restriction on t...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding Proposal Open for Public Comment

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Logo 2

Whatcom County Public Works River & Flood Division is now accepting public comments on a Hazard Mitigation Grant funding proposal to acquire 22 properties and elevate 17 properties. These properties are located in the Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Sumas,...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 10, 2022

New River Gaging Stations in Whatcom County

Emerson Rd gaging station webcam

In partnership with Whatcom County Public Works, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) installed two new gaging stations this fall and made upgrades to a third. These new stations will allow the county and others to better monitor rising water levels if the N...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 9, 2022

Staffing Shortage Could Affect Whatcom County’s Snow Response

Snow Plow

As winter 2022-2023 approaches, Whatcom County Public Works is facing significant staffing shortages for weather response operations – specifically, a shortage of employees who are licensed, qualified, and experienced in operating snow plows. 

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 7, 2022

Flood Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Update

FEMA elevation graphic

The November 2021 floods caused significant property damage throughout our community. Our River and Flood Division has been working with willing landowners to seek FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding to reduce the risk of future flood dama...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 31, 2022

Floodplain Management in Whatcom County: Who Does What

Nooksack floodplain cross section

Floodplain Management in Whatcom County: Who Does What

As we move into rain and flood season, here’s an overview of the organizations and jurisdictions that work together to reduce flood risks to infrastructure like homes, businesses, and roads i...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 31, 2022

November 30 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The last morning run from the Gooseb...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 24, 2022

Sandbag Resources and Availability in Whatcom County

To help prepare for the upcoming flood season, many residents want to know where they can access sandbags to protect their homes and property. The Whatcom County Public Works Department has received several requests for sand and sandbag materials, and we&...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 17, 2022

Deer Trail Construction Complete; Landscape Restoration Continues

The majority of construction on Deer Trl in Birch Bay is complete. Landscape restoration work is anticipated through October 2022. The resulting traffic impacts will be minimal.

Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: October 17, 2022

Nooksack River Levee System Repairs and Bank Protection Improvements

Fishtrap Creek levee repair Nov 2021 resized

Following the November 2021 floods, Whatcom County Public Works has been working with partners like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local diking and drainage districts to complete Nooksack River levee system repairs and bank protection improvements. ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 10, 2022

Annual 'Flooding in Whatcom County' Newsletter Now Available Online

Many people in our community are still recovering from the devastating November 2021 floods. People want to know what local government is doing to help and to prepare for the coming rain and flood season. Our annual ‘Flooding in Whatcom...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Paint Striping at Gooseberry Point Terminal September 27

Whatcom County Public Works crews are repainting the queuing lanes at the Gooseberry Point terminal on Tuesday, September 27th. The work will be performed mid-morning, weather permitting. No service interruptions are expected.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 14, 2022

Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale Dates Set for 4th Quarter 2022

The fourth quarter Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sales dates for 2022 are:

  • Wednesday, October 5
  • Wednesday, November 2
  • Wednesday, December 7 

All punch card sales are from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. at the ferry office, located at the i...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 12, 2022

September 28 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The last morning run from the Gooseb...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 18, 2022

Flood Response Update

Nooksack River flood Lynden

Are you curious about what’s been happening in response to the November 2021 floods and what’s being done to prepare for future floods? We have been working with numerous partners to repair flood damage and take action to prepare for f...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Deer Trail Reconstruction Work to Begin August 15

Road reconstruction work is scheduled to begin the week of August 15 and wrap up in early October 2022. During construction, drivers can expect long delays with alternating single-lane closures during working hours and the use of automated traffic signals...

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Project Website Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Birch Bay Drive Pavement Rehabilitation Project Update

The Whatcom County Engineering Division wishes to announce that the Birch Bay Drive Pavement Rehabilitation Project (Jackson Rd to Shintaffer Rd), originally scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2022, has been delayed until 2023. This project wa...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Reconstruction work anticipated to begin August 2022

Public Works is finalizing the permanent roadway repair work design and permitting process and anticipates reconstruction work to begin in August 2022. Drivers can expect alternating single-lane closures a few days in June when crews relocate some utility...

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Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: April 14, 2022

Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in 2022 for Tides Below Zero

The Whatcom Chief can't carry trucks over 40,000 GVW during tides below zero. 

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Attend the Whatcom Farm Expo on April 23: There’s Something for Everyone in Agriculture

The sixth annual FREE Whatcom Farm Expo will be held on Saturday, April 23, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether you already operate a farm and are looking for new ideas or markets, are thinking of starting a sma...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: February 15, 2022

Marine Drive construction resumes March 3 - Drivers should expect delays and single lane closures

Construction will resume March 3 for Marine Drive improvements that include widening the road, bike lanes, and stormwater infrastructure. Drivers should plan for single-lane closures and minor delays.

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: February 10, 2022

Proposed State Transportation Budget Would Benefit Lummi Island Ferry System

The proposed "Move Ahead Washington" transportation investment package is a positive step for the Lummi Island Ferry System. 

On Tuesday, February 8, the chairs of the Washington State Senate and House Transportation Committees introduce...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: February 9, 2022

County sending letters to targeted property owners as part of flood mitigation grant application

The November 2021 flooding events severely impacted residents and businesses throughout our community.  As a result, Whatcom County and the Cities of Everson, Ferndale, and Sumas are leading an effort to develop a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: December 28, 2021

Extreme Cold Weather and Possible Snow Continue

Forecasts show a chance of snow each day through the end of this week, along with blustery winds and bitter cold. Stay home if you can. If you must travel, go S-L-O-W, and make sure to have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle. Remember that we plow cou...
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Public Works - News
Posted on: December 21, 2021

Floodplain Management in Whatcom County: Who Does What

Floodplain Management in Whatcom County: Who Does What 

The devastating November 2021 floods have generated a lot of interest and questions about floodplain management. Whatcom County Public Works has provided a brief overview of the organizations...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Beach Ave - Open to single lane traffic

Beach Ave on Lummi Island has reopened to single lane traffic at Cedar Ave.   

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Marshall Hill Road - Closed

Marshall Hill Road is closed East of Cronk Rd due to a roadway collapse. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Sunset Ave - Closed

Sunset Ave is closed between Graveline Rd and Pacific Hwy due to a roadway collapse. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: December 3, 2021

Municipalities, Public Entities Flood Damage Reporting Deadline Monday, Dec. 6

Whatcom County, its tribes, cities, towns, port districts, water-sewer districts, school districts, park districts, and non-profits have a deadline to report flood damage due to November’s “atmospheric rivers.” Public infrast...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 30, 2021

All Whatcom County Residents Requested to Report ANY Flood-Related Damages As Essential First Step i

 All Whatcom County residents, regardless of where they live, are requested to use an online form to report ANY flood damage received since the region’s flooding episodes began on Nov. 14. Please complete the form as soon as possible, a...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 27, 2021

Whatcom County Opens Call Center for Flood Response

Whatcom County has established a Call Center for those impacted by recent flooding who might not have internet access. The Call Center, open now, is intended to respond to callers between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. After hours and depending on call volume, ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 4, 2021

Whatcom County Awarded $1.94 Million in Federal Highway Funding for Two Birch Bay Area Projects

Federal funding of approximately $1.94 million has been awarded to Whatcom County Public Works to support two different road projects in the Birch Bay area. 

  • The Birch Bay – Lynden Road and Blaine Road Intersection Improvements Project w...
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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 2, 2021

Update on Marshall Hill Landslide Repairs

Marshall Hill Road near Cronk Road has been reduced to one lane with stop signs in each direction since a landslide that happened in February 2021. Whatcom County Public Works will soon install concrete barriers along the centerline of the road to better ...

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Public Works - Marshall Hill Road Repairs
Posted on: October 25, 2021

Whatcom Chief Back in Service

The Lummi Island Ferry is tentatively back in service after a system assessment. Please stay home today if you can in case additional issues occur. A specialist is coming tomorrow for more evaluations, and this specialist visit should not impact service.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 18, 2021

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, which was damaged by a landslide in early 2021. This work will also eliminate the need for temporary stop signs on Deer...

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Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: October 18, 2021

Health investigation shows no evidence of increased lung disease near Swift Creek/Sumas Mountain

Periodically, the Washington State Department of Health will check for asbestos-related health issues in people living around Swift Creek and Sumas Mountain. The latest report is out and finds no evidence of increased risk of lung and bronchial cancer, me...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Alternate Routes Advised on Marine Drive Oct. 18-20 Near McAlpine Road

Stormwater vault construction will cause alternating single-lane closures on Marine Drive during weekday business hours. Drivers should use alternate routes and expect significant delays. View suggested alternate route: https://bit.ly/3AMvLSy

Visit the project webpage. Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Message Sent to School and Government Officials Regarding Winter Storm Response Capabilities

The following message was sent to school districts, fire districts, municipal, and other government agencies within Whatcom County on Oct. 12, 2021. 

Dear School/Government Official or Service Provider,

As we move into our second fall and winter wi...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Public Asked to Use Alternate Routes During Marine Drive Stormwater Construction

Stormwater vault construction will cause alternating single-lane closures on Marine Drive during weekday business hours. Work starts today, Oct. 11, and continues for about three weeks. Please use alternate routes or expect delays.

Visit the project webpage. Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: October 6, 2021

October 20 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 6, 2021

Whatcom Chief Back in Service After Repairs to Main Engine

The Lummi Island ferry is back in service. The boat will make continuous runs until the scheduled crew lunch. Big thanks to our mechanics, engineer, and captain for their quick response and great teamwork to get us back in service!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Lummi Island Ferry Dry Dock Outage Extended by One Day

The Whatcom Chief is expected to return to service on Sunday, 10/3. Equipment re-assembly took longer than expected, and sea trials have been postponed until tomorrow, Saturday, 10/2.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 27, 2021

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.

Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: September 20, 2021

Vehicles Vandalized on Gooseberry Point

While all our parking is 'park at your own risk,' we do want to warn drivers that a nationwide trend in catalytic converter thefts is also happening on Gooseberry Point during dry dock. We are sorry to hear that this is happening. Please...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Stormwater Contractors Invited to be Part of New Business List

Whatcom County is compiling a list of contractors who provide services related to stormwater facility maintenance, i.e. catch basin/manhole cleaning and/or repair, detention pond maintenance, storm pipe jetting and/or repair, vegetative management, and en...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 31, 2021

Marine Drive Reconstruction Starting in October

Work on Marine Drive was originally scheduled to start in September, but the start date has been pushed back because of material shortages. Starting in October, the contractor will begin work on an underground stormwater vault at the intersection of Marin...

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: August 24, 2021

Sink Hole Repairs Completed, Westshore Drive Has Reopened

Sinkhole repairs on Lummi Island's Westshore Drive are complete, and the road has reopened to traffic. Thank you for your patience during this road closure and repair project!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Ferry Dry Dock Vehicle Parking Maps Now Available

The Lummi Island Ferry Dry Dock webpage has been updated with vehicle parking maps. Remember that certain spaces are only available on certain days. Parking availability is driven by maintenance and contractor needs. Remember that if you park your car in ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 18, 2021

Reminder: Birch Bay Chamber's Berm Celebration is from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, 8/21

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Berm Celebration and Ribbon Cutting is from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 21. For more information on this event, visit their website

View the project summary poster below. Click here to view full screen.

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: August 10, 2021

Lummi Island Ferry Info Booth A Success

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our booth at the Lummi Island Saturday Market last weekend! Representatives from Whatcom County Public Works, Elliott Bay Design Group (our consultant on the new ferry’s design), County Council Represe...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 10, 2021

Swift Creek Area Neighbors: Prevent Asbestos Dust Exposure During Dry Weather

A postcard reminding the Swift Creek area community of asbestos health concerns during dry weather will be mailed to addresses in the project area soon. Swift Creek and downstream Sumas River carry naturally occurring asbestos from the Sumas Mountain land...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Swift Creek Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Available

In accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), WAC 197-11-455 and 197-11-510, a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Swift Creek Sediment Management Action Plan Phase 3 Implementation: Sediment Repository has been...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: August 4, 2021

How to calculate Lummi Island ferry fares for motor homes and similar recreational vehicles

Summertime means travel time, and we want to take a moment to remind our ferry riders of the fare policy for buses, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, and motorhomes.

  • If you drive a recreational vehicle, bus, or motorhome, your vehicle’s far...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Swift Creek Channel Excavation Starts This Week

Swift Creek channel excavation is expected to start on Wednesday, Aug. 4, and will continue for two weeks. For questions about this project, please contact James Lee, hydraulic manager, at 360 778-6264 or jlee@co.whatcom.wa.us.

Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: July 31, 2021

The Lummi Island Ferry is Back in Service

The ferry is back in service after repairs to its steering system. Thank you for your patience during these necessary repairs!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 22, 2021

Marine Drive Reconstruction Scheduled to Start in September

The project's construction contract has been awarded to Strider Construction; work is expected to start in September and continue through March 2022. Utility relocation continues for about six more weeks.

Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Central Road East of Lunde Rd - Motorcycles use caution

There is a steel plate over the roadway on Central Road, East of Lunde Road. Motorcycles should use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Clipper Road, South of Strand Road - Motorcycles use Caution

There is a steel plate over the roadway at 3167 Clipper Road, South of Strand Road. Motorcycles should use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Get to Know the Next Lummi Island Ferry Vessel at Aug. 7 Informational Booth

Lummi Island residents are invited to learn about the design and features of a new ferry vessel with Whatcom County Public Works. The county will have an informational booth at the Aug. 7 Lummi Island Saturday Market. In addition to informational displays...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 13, 2021

The Whatcom Chief is Back in Service

The ferry is back in service after repairs were made to the island-side dock hydraulics. Thanks everyone for your patience during this outage!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 9, 2021

July 21 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, for repairs to the Lummi Island dock and apron. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service Wednesday, July 21, from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 7, 2021

August 4 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of s...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: June 29, 2021

Public Works Reopening Guidance for Lummi Island Residents

Public Works offices will reopen to the public by appointment only on Wednesday, June 30, when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted state wide. Reopening our public buildings will be done gradually, and this is the first step in that process. We thank you in ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: June 21, 2021

Protect Vulnerable Birch Bay 'Berm' Plantings this July 4

BELLINGHAM, WA – The newly completed Birch Bay “Berm” includes over 110,000 young native plants that will restore shoreline habitat, help protect the beach from erosion during winter storms, and reduce project costs. Anyone c...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Deer Trail Road Repairs in Permitting and Planning Phase

Whatcom County is submitting permits and developing construction plans for the roadway repairs to Deer Trail. Construction is expected in late summer/early fall of 2021. A geotechnical consulting engineer has been hired to provide support to the County in...

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Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Marine Drive Utility Work Continues, Road Construction will Likely Start in Early August

Ongoing utility relocation work and periodic single-lane road closures will continue through June and July. Road construction is currently out to bid. Construction is likely to begin in early August.

Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Neighbors Team Up with Whatcom County, State Agencies, to Clean Styrofoam Waste from Lake Samish

Lake Samish Cleanup

Recently, Lake Samish residents spent a rainy week out on the water gathering litter – but not the traditional plastic bottles, aluminum cars, or food packaging. These neighbors were picking up Styrofoam. The Styrofoam blocks were used as dock f...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Save the Dates: Whatcom Chief Dry Dock Outage Sept. 11-Oct. 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 3, 2021

Contact: Ferry DivisionPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief’s 2021 dry dock outage will be Sept. 11-Oct. 4. Additional details about the 2021 dry dock, including any applicable COVID-19 protoco...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in June

The Whatcom Chief can't carry trucks over 40,000 GVW during tides below zero. View June tide restricted dates and times at: https://bit.ly/2Tp5biv

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Sinkhole Closes West Shore Drive on Lummi Island

West Shore Drive on Lummi Island is closed to all traffic at the 2300 block due to a large sinkhole. The road will remain closed until further notice. The issue is largely below the pavement, and the majority of the problem can't be seen from the...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 20, 2021

Join Us for a Fun Volunteer Celebration and Beach Cleanup in Birch Bay with Giveaways

Low tides, free parking, guided naturalist beach walks, and free popsicles are just a few of the exciting things happening at Birch Bay State Park for the “Watershed Watchers: Day at the Beach” event from noon to 3pm on Saturday, June ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: May 20, 2021

June 2 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of ser...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 19, 2021

May 26 Planned Service Outage for the Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 11:10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, for the 2021 dry dock shipyard pre-bid meeting onboard the boat.

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service from 11:10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, M...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale July 14

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current n...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale June 9

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current ne...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 7, 2021

Remember: Ferry Trips Increase by $1 Starting on May 17; Here are Some Important Upcoming Dates

With ferry trips increasing by $1 starting on Monday, May 17, Whatcom County Public Works has some important dates and key pieces of information to remember:

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 29, 2021

Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in May

The Whatcom Chief can't carry trucks over 40,000 GVW during tides below zero. View May's tide restricted dates and times at: https://bit.ly/2Pzz51P

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Updated Fare Sheet Added to Whatcom Chief's Website

The Lummi Island Ferry's fare sheet has been updated with a new chart showing both the current costs and the new costs that will start on May 17, 2021.

View the new Ferry Fares Sheet Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Feb. 19, 2020 Project Nears 60% Design

Whatcom County Public works has executed a final design contract with our consultant, Transpo, and is in the process of designing the multi-lane roundabout improvement for the intersection. We have completed our geotechnical explorations, environmental as...

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Public Works - E Smith Rd & Hannegan Rd Intersection Improvements
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Lummi Island Ferry $1 Fare Surcharge Begins May 17

A $1 surcharge on most ferry trips on the Whatcom Chief will begin on Monday, May 17. Student, needs-based, and qualified senior/disabled fares are exempt. All ferry punch cards purchased before May 17 will be honored at face value, Per Whatcom County Cod...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 14, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale May 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 14, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, at the ferry office, located...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Intersection Alternative Analysis Underway

Whatcom County has executed a preliminary design contract with our consultant, Transpo Group, and is in the process of performing an alternatives analysis to determine the preferred improvements that will be designed and constructed at this intersection. ...

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Public Works – Birch Bay Lynden and Blaine Roads Intersection Improvements
Posted on: March 29, 2021

April 14 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of s...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: March 25, 2021

Whatcom County Council Passes Ferry Fare Surcharge Ordinance

On Tuesday, March 23, the Whatcom County Council unanimously passed, with the support of the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, a $1 surcharge on most ferry trips. The surcharge will begin later in 2021. No start date has been set.

Needs-based senior/d...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Largely Complete

Crews will put up signage, monitor plantings, and demobilize equipment. Thank you for your patience during this project! Please save the date of Saturday, Aug. 21, for a community celebration with the Birch Bay Chamber - follow the Chamber for details!

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale April 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 15, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the ferry office, locate...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for March 15-19

Drivers can expect minimal single lane closures from 7am-5pm, Monday-Thursday. Crews will install benches, finish pedestrian path work, and other projects. We want to remind everyone to please avoid damaging the plantings. They are expensive to replace.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for March 8-12

Crews will work 7am-5pm daily on a variety of tasks. Monday and Tuesday drivers should expect delays with lane closures for paving. Pedestrians, please stay off the new asphalt while it sets! Other work next week should have minimal impacts on traffic.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Utility Relocation Work Starts Mid-March on Marine Drive

Starting in mid-March, users of Marine Drive can expect periodic single-lane closures and road shoulder work as crews relocate utility poles, water meters, buried natural gas and communication lines, etc. for the upcoming roadway widening project.

Visit the project webpage. Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: March 3, 2021

March 10 Repair Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 3, 2021

Contact: Rich Hudson, Ferry Senior MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, for repairs of the Lummi Island ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale March 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 1, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, at the ferry office, locate...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for March 1-5

Drivers should expect single-lane closures and periodic delays as crews cut asphalt, pave, add plantings, and install limestone trail on the west side of Birch Bay Drive from Cottonwood to Beach Way.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Swift Creek Sediment Repository SEIS Scope Available for Comment

A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is being scoped for the proposed sediment repository for Swift Creek sediment. To comment on the scope of the elements of the environments under SEPA please see the Determination of Significance at the ...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Feb. 22

Drivers can expect single-lane closures next week as crews work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday on stormwater structures, sidewalk installation, and plantings on the berm.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for Feb. 15-19

Drivers can expect single-lane closures as contractors install sidewalk, dig swales, and install plantings. Please remember to stay away from both workers and construction areas for your safety!

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Deer Trail Shoulder Work Happening Soon

Whatcom County Public Works will make improvements to the shoulder of the single passable lane of Deer Trail that will clean up mud and add gravel to make driving in this area easier. Crews must locate any underground utilities before the work can start.

Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Postcard Going out to Deer Trail Neighbors

The postcard below is going out to property owners in the Deer Trail area in the next few days. Please encourage anyone who wants to follow this project to sign up for Notify Me to receive updates on Deer Trail work. 

View the Postcard.

Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for Feb. 8-12

Drivers can expect infrequent single-lane closures from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. We ask pedestrians to give workers plenty of space, especially around the trail system! Workers will install plantings, install limestone on the trail, and pour sidewalks.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 3, 2021

Tonight: Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Virtual Public Meeting

Remember that the Jackson Road bridge replacement project public meeting starts at 6pm tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 3. 

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Public Works - Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project
Posted on: February 1, 2021

February 24 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2021

Contact: Rich Hudson, Ferry Senior MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, for inspection and mainten...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale February 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at the ferry office, ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Feb. 1

Drivers should expect single-lane road closures daily. Contractors will import gravel and place it west of Birch Bay Drive, install plantings, and put in stormwater structures from 7am-5pm. On Thursday, work will include berm shaping from 5pm-3am.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the week of Jan. 25

Drivers can expect single-lane closures as construction continues from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday, installing swales, importing gravel west of the road, and planting. Crews will also work 5pm-3am on Thursday grading the berm north of Harborview Road.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 21, 2021

Bridge Replacement FAQ's Available on Project Website

Whatcom County Public Works is planning to replace the Jackson Road bridge over Terrell Creek. We have built a project website and Frequently Asked Questions page with information on the process, exact location, and how you can get involved.

There are sev...

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Public Works - Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Public Survey Now Available for Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project

Public Works invites anyone who uses the Jackson Road bridge in Birch Bay to take an online survey to help us design a replacement bridge: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QZWBBNM

Public Works - Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Jan. 18

Drivers can expect periodic single-lane closures from 7am - 5 pm as Granite Construction imports gravel west of Birch Bay Drive, places limestone along the pedestrian path, and installs swales. Concrete curb and sidewalk will also be poured.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Birch Bay Berm Performs Well During Jan. 13 Storm

before storm 01.13.2021

Last night’s storm with high tide and heavy wind was a good test of the structure of the berm. It performed as expected – excellent really. The berm was not damaged in the storm. A small amount of debris came through the berm near the ...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Ferry Increased Weight Limits for Personal Vehicles on Jan. 1

On January 1, 2021, the Ferry Division increased the maximum gross vehicle weight for personal vehicles on the Whatcom Chief from 8,000 lbs to 11,000 lbs. The increased weight limit applies to all $13 single ride round trips, and all multi-ride punch card...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: January 7, 2021

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Jan. 11

Granite Construction will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday placing gravel west of the road, pouring concrete sidewalk, and preparing the limestone path. Drivers should expect periodic single lane closures. Please stay away from construction areas.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Jan. 4

The contractor will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday. Drivers can expect intermittent single lane closures near the Harborview intersection as workers form sidewalks, plant vegetation, and import gravel. Please stay away from all construction work.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Birch Bay: Keep Your Berm Safe During New Year's Celebrations

As Birch Bay residents prepare for the annual Ring of Fire and Hope and the Polar Bear Plunge, we have a few tips to keep you and the construction site safe:

  • The beach area is still an active construction site. Stay away from all construction areas and equ...
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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 21-23

Crews will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Wednesday planting in the area north of the Bay Breeze Restaurant. No traffic impacts expected. No night work.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Credit Card Fees Will Apply to Single-Ride Ferry Fares Starting Jan. 1

Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, the Ferry Division will charge a .50 cent credit card fee on all single-ride fare transactions. Multi-ride passes purchased with a credit card already pay a credit card fee. This change adds consistency by also charging a credit ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale January 13

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current n...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Annual US Coast Guard Inspection Dec. 16 Could Affect 1pm Ferry Sailing

The US Coast Guard will conduct an annual safety inspection of the Whatcom Chief on Wednesday, Dec. 16. This may delay or cancel the round trip 1:00PM run from Lummi Island. The Public Works Department would like to thank everyone in advance for their coo...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 14-18

Granite Construction crews will work 7am-5pm Monday-Friday on plantings, excavation, sidewalk grading, and topsoil placement. These activities will have minimal traffic impacts. Crews will also work nights 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday importing gravel and plac...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 7-11

The week of Dec. 7-11, from 7am–5pm Monday-Friday, sidewalks and plantings will be installed. Our contractor, Granite, will install some stormwater structures and perform grading along the pedestrian path. This work will have minimal impacts on traffic. N...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Correction: Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 7-11

A notice was sent out at approx. 9:23am with the title Marie Drive Construction Update for Dec. 7-11. This update was for Birch Bay Drive, not Marine Drive. Please accept our apologies for this error.

Birch Bay Drive project update for the week of Dec. 7-...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Nov. 30-Dec. 4 contractor crews will work both days and nights. Day shift 7am-5pm working on plantings and sidewalks, minimal traffic impacts. Night shift 4pm-2am importing gravel to place on the berm, with single-lane closures during those times.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Marine Drive Improvement Planning Continues

Whatcom County Public Works and its consultant, Pacific Survey and Engineering, Inc., are working towards a 100% design document. This will include technical components of the roadway widening, stormwater and water quality system design, street lighting, ...

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Community Invited to Virtual Marine Drive Trail Planning Meeting

The Port of Bellingham, along with the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County, will host a Marine Drive Trail System virtual update from 3:30-4:30 pm on Nov. 30. The virtual meeting will start with a presentation of draft trail concepts. Following the pres...

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Public Works Launches New Travel Planning Tool; COVID-19 Could Impact Snow Response

Whatcom County Public Works (WCPW) has launched a new online tool for residents that shows active construction projects and snow routes called the County Travel Planner; it includes an interactive map so travelers can plan their routes. This is especially...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Electrical Issues at Lummi Island Dock Cause Ferry Schedule Delays

Electrical issues at the Lummi Island dock are causing ferry schedule delays. County crews are on-site and assessing the situation. The ferry is still operating, but not able to maintain the posted schedule at this time. Riders should expect delays. Addit...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sales December 2

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale will be from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for c...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: November 17, 2020

December 9 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

 The Lummi Island Ferry will...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Nov. 16

For the week of Nov. 16, the contractor, Granite Construction, will work 7am-5pm Monday-Friday pouring concrete for sidewalks and stairs, and night work 4pm-6am Monday-Thursday importing gravel. Drivers should expect single-lane closures.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Swift Creek Channel Excavation On Hold Until Late Summer/Fall 2021

Swift Creek channel excavation that started in August of 2020 has ended for this year. Channel excavation work will resume in late summer or fall of 2021.

Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for Nov. 9-13

For the week of Nov. 9, every day Granite will work from 7am to 5pm grading the path on the west side of Birch Bay Drive. Monday through Thursday, they will also work from 4pm to 2am delivering and importing gravel to the site.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Includes Both Day and Night Work Nov. 2-6

The week of Nov. 2-6, Granite Construction will work from 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday, and 7am-5pm Thursday-Friday. Crews will install stormwater utilities and continue to import gravel west of the road. Be prepared for single-lane road closures.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Monthly Lummi Island Ferry Punch Card Sales Resume November 4

Whatcom County’s Ferry Division will resume monthly punch card sales with a November sale from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be s...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Traffic Reduced to One Lane on Nootka Loop Starting Nov. 2 for Construction

P&P Excavating, LLC will construct stormwater improvements along Birch Point Drive at Nootka Loop (the east entrance to Birch Bay Village). These project improvements include installing a new catch basin with a check valve and additional storm pipe. T...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Update for the Week of Oct. 26

The week of Oct. 26-30 Granite will work from 5am-5pm. Dump trucks will bring in and deliver gravel throughout the project area, crews will install manholes and stormwater outfalls near the intersection of Cottonwood Drive and Birch Bay Drive, and work on...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Expands COVID-19 Sailing Schedule Oct. 26; Punch Card Procedures Also Changing

After running on a reduced COVID-19 schedule since March, the Whatcom Chief will resume a more traditional weekday schedule starting on Monday, Oct. 26, with a regular, pre-COVID schedule for the morning and daytime hours, and a revised schedule from 3pm ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Birch Bay Drive work shifts to 4pm-2am this week

The week of Oct. 19-23, Granite will work from 4pm to 2am. Drivers should expect single-lane closures. Dump trucks will deliver gravel along the west side of Birch Bay Drive. Please avoid the area to reduce your chances of being delayed by construction.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Leeward Way Daytime Road Closures Start Monday

A portion of Leeward Way will close from 7:00am to 7:00pm on weekdays starting Monday, October 26, through Friday, December 4. The closure will be about 150-feet north of Southgate Road. Crews will install a storm pipe to improve water drainage.

Additional Info... Public Works - News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Project Update for Oct. 12-15

Drivers should expect single lane closures as Granite works from 5 am to 5 pm installing stormwater catch basins and storm sewer pipe west of Birch Bay Drive. The contractor will also clear vegetation and place gravel west of Birch Bay Drive. 

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 9, 2020

October 21 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for the Week of Oct. 5

Starting the week of Oct. 5, construction work will be from 7 am to 5 pm. Drivers should expect single lane closures Monday through Thursday. Crews with Granite Construction will deliver gravel and place it west of Birch Bay Drive, install a construction ...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Whatcom Chief Scheduled to Return to Service Oct. 3

The Whatcom Chief is scheduled to return to service at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, after three weeks in dry dock. This scheduled return is dependent on upon successful completion of the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials.

Any vehicles parked in driving...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Project Work Scheduled for the Week of Sept 28

Poor weather conditions postponed gravel paving between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant previously scheduled for Sept. 22-23. The week of Sept. 28 construction work will be from 5am-5pm. Granite will install stormwater catch basins along the weste...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: September 24, 2020

High winds could cause ferry service disruptions Thursday night and Friday

Windy conditions have already delayed or canceled ferry service to Lummi Island this week, and forecasters are predicting that a stronger system will arrive Thursday night and Friday. Travelers should prepare for ferry delays due to weather associated wit...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Birch Bay Work Postponed between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant

Expected rain this week has postponed gravel paving between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant previously scheduled for Sept. 22-23. We had asked the public to stay away during construction, but restrictions are postponed until the work begins.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Final COVID-19 Passenger Only Ferry Use Policy Available Online

Whatcom County Public Works appreciates everyone who took the time to make public comment on our passenger-only ferry and shuttle van COVID-19 policy while it was in draft form. We have made some modifications and published a final policy document on our ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Leeward Way Drainage Improvement Construction Starts in October

Henifin Construction, LLC will construct stormwater improvements along Leeward Way to reduce standing water on the roadway during heavy rains. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 5, the roadwork will begin at Leeward Way and Southgate Road, and...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Public Comments and Responses to Ferry's COVID-19 Policy Now Available

Whatcom County Public Works created a draft COVID-19 policy for the Lummi Island passenger-only ferry and shuttle van service while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock. Anonymized comments and agency responses are now available online.  

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Ferry Dry Dock Update: Additional Vehicle Parking Map Added

The Lummi Island Ferry dry dock webpage has been updated with a new map showing additional parking locations on the mainland for vehicles to use during dry dock. 

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Ferry Dry Dock Shuttle Service and Vehicle Parking Information Available Online

Our Ferry Division is preparing for the annual dry dock maintenance of the Whatcom Chief, scheduled to begin on Sept. 12. We have updated our Dry Dock Webpage with additional information on our island shuttle van service and personal vehicle parking maps ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Pavement Striping Operations Rescheduled for Aug. 25-26 on Lummi Island Roads

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 25-26, on paved Lummi Island roads. This is the final step in the chip seal road work project. This work was originally scheduled Aug. 17-18 but was rescheduled...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 18, 2020

One Day Closure of Edgewater Lane's South Entrance Set For Aug. 26

The southerly entrance to Edgewater Lane will close from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 26, for the installation of new storm pipe. The north entrance to Edgewater Lane will remain open.Visit the project website for additional information.

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Ferry's Draft COVID-19 Dry Dock Policy Available; Public Comment Open Through Aug. 28

We are creating a COVID-19 policy for the passenger-only ferry and shuttle van service that will provide transportation to and from Lummi Island while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock.

We are balancing the prevention requirements of operating a ferry durin...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Lummi Island Supplemental Parking Lot Closes for Maintenance Aug. 22

The supplemental Lummi Island ferry parking lot will close for maintenance from Saturday, August 22, through Friday, August 28.

  • All vehicles must be removed from this parking lot no later than Friday evening, August 21.
  • Vehicles in the parking lot on Saturd...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Restoration Project will Deliver Logs via Helicopter; Public Should Not Approach Operation

BELLINGHAM, WA – Residents in Birch Bay may see a low-flying helicopter carrying logs in the area of Terrell Creek between Kickerville Road and Jackson Road as part of fish habitat improvements to the waterway. The habitat improvements will take...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Public Works Gravel on Lummi Island to be Used for Additional Projects

Whatcom County Public Works has had a number of people ask about purchasing potential surplus gravel from our island maintenance projects. A large portion of the gravel we brought over to the island was used for chip seal road work. Now that the chip seal...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Northshore Drive / Edgewater Lane Stormwater Improvements Start Aug. 10

Whatcom County will improve the water quality of Lake Whatcom, the drinking water source for many city and county residents, with a project that will include installing a new 8-ft x 12-ft stormwater treatment vault and installing 600 feet of new stormwate...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Public Works Gravel on Lummi Island

We’ve had a number of people on Lummi Island ask about potential surplus gravel from our island maintenance projects, and if that material would be available for purchase. First, we do still have some work left to do on the island that will use ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Results of Marine Drive Survey

We received 27 responses to our Marine Drive survey. We appreciate everyone who took the time to take the survey and to share it with their friends and neighbors. Your responses will help us as we continue to plan this project. 

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Update

Chip seal operations on Lummi Island are complete. Islanders will notice that all our signage is still up. The project isn’t officially done quite yet. The paint striping machine will come through soon and re-stripe the roadway markings. Re-stri...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in August

Trucks over 40,000 GVW are prohibited during tides below zero. 

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 28, 2020

August 19 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of ...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 28, 2020

August 5 Punch Card Sale at Lummi Island Ferry Office

Punch card sales will be from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Lummi Island ferry office. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current needs-based customers. Payments may be made by check or credit card. No cash...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Chip Seal Road Work Scheduled on Lummi Island and Lummi Nation July 27-30

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for chip sealing from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Monday, July 27, and continuing through Thursday, July 30.

Lummi Island Roads:

  • BLIZARD RD
  • LANE SPIT DR
  • NUGENT RD

Lummi Nation and Other County Roads:

  • BOYNTON ...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Road Striping on Smith, Northwest and Axton Scheduled for July 28; Drivers Should Expect Long Delays

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday, July 28, on the following roads; 

• E. Smith Rd between Hannegan Rd & Guide Meridian

• W. Smith Rd between Guide Meridian & Ferndale City Limits

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Crew Rescue Distressed Kayakers

Keen observation and quick action by the captain and crew of the Whatcom Chief saved two kayakers on Thursday, July 16. During a routine trip between Lummi Island and the mainland, Whatcom Chief Captain Gary Poole noticed a kayak in the distance that was ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Pavement Striping on Smith, Silver Lake, and S. Pass Roads July 20-23

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday, July 21, on Smith Road, from Hannegan to Northwest Drive. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible.

Striping is also schedu...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Roads Scheduled for Chip Seal Work July 20-23 on Lummi Island and Peninsula

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for chip sealing beginning Monday, July 20 and continuing through Thursday, July 23 from 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Lummi Island Roads:

• Blizard Rd• Cedar Pl• Centerview Rd• ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Swift Creek Channel Excavation August-November 2020

Whatcom County Public Works will excavate the Swift Creek Channel downstream of Goodwin Road Bridge and haul the sediment to the county-owned property at the corner of Oat Coles Road and S. Pass Road (a.k.a. the Oat Coles North Repository). Work will also...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Heavy Truck Traffic on Lummi Ferry July 16

Ferry passengers should expect long wait times for the Lummi Island Ferry from 8am-5pm on Thursday, July 16, due to heavy truck traffic.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Additional Lummi Island Roads Scheduled for Chip Seal Work Starting July 13

Whatcom County has scheduled additional roads for chip sealing on Lummi Island. Work on the following roads will begin on Monday, July 13, and continue through Thursday, July 16, from 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  • Antoinette Lane
  • Blizard Road
  • Centerview Road
  • Consti...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Pavement Striping on Everson-Goshen Road Set for July 15; Drivers Should Expect Long Delays

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6am to 6pm Wednesday, July 15 on Everson-Goshen Road from SR 542 (Mt. Baker Hwy) to E. Pole Road. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible. 

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Marine Drive Reconstruction Project Update for July 1, 2020

Whatcom County Public Works has been working with our hired design consultant, Pacific Survey and Engineering, Inc., toward developing the project to the 60% design level, which includes:  

  • Roadway widening. 
  • Stormwater and water quality s...
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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Registration Open for Drought Planning and Preparedness Speaker Series

Community members are invited to join a virtual forum organized by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network and the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) to learn about drought vulnerability and preparedness in Whatcom County, and drought contingency ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

July Weight Restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry

We impose vehicle weight restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry during tides lower than zero to prevent damage to our docks. Any vehicle over 40,000 GVW is prohibited on the ferry during these low tides. Read our July weight restrictions letter with speci...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Notification

Whatcom County has scheduled chip sealing on Lummi Island beginning Tuesday, July 7 and continuing through Thursday, July 9 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This project includes all paved county roads and will begin in the Hales Pass...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Pavement Striping Everson Goshen Road Set for June 24; Drivers Should Expect Delays During Work

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6am-6pm on Wednesday, June 24, for Everson Goshen Road. The affected portion of Everson Goshen Road is from Mt. Baker Hwy to E. Pole Road. Please use alternate routes when possible and plan for long delays w...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Roads Scheduled for Phase One Chip Sealing June 22-25

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, commonly known as chip sealing. Lummi Nation roadways are scheduled first, starting on June 22.

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Public Invited to Help Collect Valuable Species Data Using Smartphone App

Community members are invited to become science volunteers as part of the newest project by the North Sound Stewards Program, organized by the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and RE Sources. The program will utilize iNaturalist, a free app and we...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Drivers Should Expect Delays during Roadway Chip Sealing Starting June 22

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, or commonly known as chip sealing. Most areas are selected on a rotating 10-12 year cycle.  Roadways in three areas of What...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Single Day Closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 30, 2020Media Contact: Marie Duckworth, Communications SpecialistPhone: 360-603-1103E-mail address: mduckwor@co.whatcom.wa.us

Single Day closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

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Public Works - News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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Posted on: May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019 E. Smith and Hannegan Intersection Project Nearing 30% Design

Whatcom County Public Works has executed a final design contract with our consultant, Transpo, and started the design of the multi-lane roundabout improvement for the intersection. We have completed our geotechnical explorations, environmental assessments...

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Public Works - E Smith Rd & Hannegan Rd Intersection Improvements