Schedule: Construction will not begin fall of 2018. Permitting of this beach restoration/safety project has taken much longer than expected. Great progress has been made during the past year; however, the remaining permits will not be completed in time to proceed with construction during the allowed 2018 work windows. Upon completion of the permitting process and the right-of-way certification by FHWA, the construction schedule will be announced.
Construction: After all permits have been issued and the right-of-way has been certified, a contractor will be selected through the competitive bid process. Construction will occur between Labor Day(Sept) and Memorial Day (May) to avoid the summer tourism season.
Right-of-Way: Whatcom County is finalizing negotiations with the remaining property owners. Due to the unanticipated length of time required by the permitting process, updates to the temporary construction easements will be required on a number of parcels.
Permits: The outstanding reviews and permits are as follows:
a) NEPA review
b) Department of the Army - Standard Individual Permit c) Shoreline Substantial Development Permit
Design: Plans are at 95% complete. Finalization of the construction plan set will occur once the NEPA review is complete and the right-of-way has been certified.
We sincerely appreciate the public's patience as we work through all the requirements of this federally funded project.
Project Update for the week of May 1st, 2017 The archaeological test excavations were completed last week. We appreciate your patience during the testing and future needs on Birch Bay Drive.
Update for the week beginning April 3, 2017: Survey Work
Whatcom County Public Works Survey Crew will be performing some survey work during this week related to the design phase of the project. There will be no lane closures associated with the work. Work will occur on the shoulder of Birch Bay Drive and will last approximately 2 days.
The Open Record Public Hearing for the Shoreline Permit has been canceled for Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 1:40 PM, in the Council Chambers, Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA.
The Shoreline Permit Hearing will be re-scheduled to a future date in 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and encourage continued monitoring of this website for future updates.