This project is delayed until 2024.
This project was recently advertised for competitive bids. However, the County received only one bid, approximately $800,000 over the estimated construction costs. Due to this bid exceeding the available budget, the project was not awarded to the bidder. The project will be re-advertised for competitive bids in the fall of 2023, with construction anticipated to begin in late May 2024.
As a result of the delay, Samish Park will now be open in the summer of 2023 (the park was initially slated to be closed the entire summer to accommodate the project).
Whatcom County routinely performs safety inspections of all County owned bridges. During one of these inspections crews found increased amounts of rot in the wood of the bridge superstructure over the water. Weight capacity on the bridge was greatly reduced to maintain safety. Without some immediate solution the bridge would have to be closed to heavy traffic including school buses and fire district vehicles.
Multiple alternatives were investigated to address this issue with the preferred solution was to restrict the bridge to one-lane at the center span while designs for a replacement structure are prepared. This reduction to one-lane allows continued access for all passenger, school, and fire district vehicles with only minimum delays. The one-lane restriction was implemented in March 2016.
Traffic will still be allowed in both directions over the bridge with a stop sign at each side. Drivers in opposite directions will need to take turns using the single lane portion of the bridge.
Whatcom County would like to express thanks for your patience and understanding during this replacement process. Should there be any questions please send them by email to [email protected] for the most prompt response.
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Public Works would like to thank the Lake Samish community and key stakeholders for their participation in the three public meetings held as part of the Type, Size, and Location Study (TS&L) for the replacement of the existing N. Lake Samish Bridge 107. The final TS&L can be found at the link below