WHAT: The Whatcom County Public Works Department is responsible for the overall direction and coordination of many distinct divisions. These responsibilities include designing, constructing, operating and maintaining roads, managing capital projects, and providing general engineering and building regulation service. The Department’s key objective is to meet the needs of the county residents and ensure that infrastructure and facilities comply with the standards and expectations set forth by the County Council. The Department’s primary objective is to maintain the integrity of the Whatcom County Road System in an efficient, cost effective manner that provides safe travel for the public.
WHEN: Check website frequently for Emergency Road Closures and Restrictions.
LSA ACTION: Monitoring.
STATUS: Summer 2012 - the DOT will repave all of northbound Interstate 5 between Burlington and Nulle Road (near Lake Samish), a total of 12 miles. It’s a substantial project, because it involves not just overlaying the freeway with new asphalt but grinding off the asphalt, breaking up the old concrete panels below, packing them down and then repaving over them. The panels, which date back to when the freeway was first built more than half a century ago, are settling and breaking the asphalt above.
Highway crews last repaved this stretch in the early 90s, according to the DOT. Over the last two summers, crews did Band-Aid jobs by sealing large cracks.
Crews will also pave all on- and off-ramps in both the north- and south-bound directions of the freeway along that stretch.
The state has $26.5 million for the project. The work is expected to start in the spring or summer, but it won’t wrap up until fall 2012. Click here to see more on this project.