Birch Bay Dr. Project Update

​Project Update on February 14, 2018

  • Schedule:  Construction scheduled to begin fall of 2018. Once all property rights and permits have been secured the work will go out to bid. Construction will occur considering three (3) work windows.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife authorizes work below the Ordinary High Water Mark:
      • In the marine system: August 1 - February 15
      • In the freshwater system: June 15 - October 15
                 Birch Bay Community tourism work window:
      • Labor Day to Memorial Day
  • Right-of-Way:  Whatcom County is currently negotiating with the last two (2) property owners that involve four (4) parcels. 
  • Permits:  The outstanding permits are as follows:
    • Section 106 of NEPA - Cultural
    • Corps of Engineers - Individual Permit
    • Shorelines Permit - After Section 106 is complete, schedule shorelines hearing and receive determination & conditions from Hearing Examiner
  • Design:  Plans are at 95% complete; pending finalization of right-of-way and permitting issues.

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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.

Update 12/1/16: Shoreline Permit Hearing postponed.

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.