Marine Drive Reconstruction

  1. 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.
  2. Marine Drive Improvement Planning Continues

    The Marine Drive reconstruction project will include a push-button crosswalk near the Port of Bellingham’s Marine Drive Trail parking lot. The project's design is 90% complete, and its website has been updated. Read on...
  3. 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. Read on...
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Vicinity Map

Marine Drive vicinity map cropped

Project Description and Goals

The project will widen and reconstruct the existing roadway to allow the addition of pedestrian and bicycle facilities on Marine Drive between Locust Avenue and Alderwood Avenue.

The goals of this multi-modal improvement project include:

  • Widen, reconstruct, and resurface the Marine Drive roadway corridor.
  • Add concrete curb/gutter and sidewalks on both sides of roadway.
  • Add five-foot width bicycle lanes adjacent to travel lanes.
  • Add a pedestrian push-button crosswalk, also called an actuated crosswalk, in the vicinity of the Port of Bellingham's Marine Drive trail system and parking lot.
  • Improve safety by increasing the unobstructed areas adjacent to the roadway, also known as the clear zone. This will include relocating above ground utilities and poles, and replacing existing roadside ditches with a tight-line stormwater conveyance system.
  • Improve stormwater management for the roadway corridor.

Project Timeline

  • September 2020 - Consulting engineer submitted 90% project design documents. 
  • June 2020 - Consulting engineer submitted 60% fundamental project design documents. 
  • March 2020 - Consulting engineer submitted 30% conceptual project design documents.
  • November 2019 - Consulting engineer selection completed and preliminary design underway, focusing on:  storm drainage management studies; conceptual roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvement layouts; and determining utility relocation needs. 
  • August 2019 - Secured $1,500,000 in FHWA Surface Transportation Block Grant funds for construction.
  • June 2017 - Field survey completed.
  • December 2020 – 100% Plans, Specifications, and Estimate contract package expected to be delivered by consulting engineer.
  • Spring 2021 – Contract advertisement and bid procurement process.
  • Summer 2021 - Construction scheduled to begin