Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project Updates
Status – January 10, 2020
The project purpose is to restore the natural shoreline, protect the roadway from storm damage, and support pedestrian safety with a separated berm that runs from the mouth of Terrell Creek (Lora Lane) to Cedar Avenue approximately 1.58 miles in length along the beach. The project will be constructed over two seasons concluding in April 2021.
Status: Construction to begin December 9, 2019.
Contract Awarded: Yes
Contract Amount: $8,724,841.00
Contractor: Granite Construction, Inc.
(1/13-1/17) work is scheduled from 7a to 4p. No night work scheduled due to weather.
The contractor will be pipe welding work occurring along the shoulder and in parking areas north of the Bay Breeze restaurant. The contractor will be demolishing of existing seawall immediately south of the Bay Breeze Restaurant.
(1/20-1/24) work is scheduled from 4p to 2a.
Importing of berm gravel will continue and the contractor will begin excavation for manhole near Evergreen Lane and immediately adjacent to the Bay Breeze restaurant. This work will be occurring in the waterward shoulder of Birch Bay Drive.
All work is subject to change due to the cycles of the low tides, and as such, the schedule is subject to frequently change. Freezing temperature may create unsafe conditions for importing gravel material to the project site and work may be cancelled as a result.
Traffic Impacts: Traffic impacts for the week of January 13th are likely to be minimal with some shoulder closures. There may be some minimal intermittent traffic impacts near the Bay Breeze restaurant due to the above mentioned pipe welding and wall demolition.
***PROJECT UPDATE*** For more information, please visit the website at https://www.whatcomcounty.us/522/Birch-Bay-Drive-Pedestrian-Facility-Proj or contact Cody Swan, Project Engineer at 360-778-6265. https://www.whatcomcounty.us/522/Birch-Bay-Drive-P
Construction contract is planned to be awarded November 2019 with major elements of the project's 1st phase (soft shore protection) includes the following:
Project Limits: Lora Lane to Cedar Avenue, 1.58 miles
Remove the rip rap, sea walls, groins, and bulkheads along Birch Bay Drive and replace them with a "natural" soft shore beach; reestablishing the beach profile and improving flood protection for the roadway and adjacent structures; this will improve habitat functions and the currently disrupted natural littoral drift of the beach.
Replace and retrofit substandard stormwater facilities and out falls to improve water quality for this significant shellfish area.
Provide beach access and a pedestrian facility as a portion of the Coast Millennium Trail.
Project construction will be over two seasons; September 2017 - May 2018 and September 2018 - May 2019. These work windows were established to avoid construction during the summer high tourism season at Birch Bay and in-water work windows established by environmental permits.