BELLINGHAM – Travelers along Bakerview Road in Bellingham have access to a new on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5. Contractor crews working on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation opened the new I-5 northbound Bakerview on-ramp to traffic today.
Eastbound traffic will enter northbound I-5 from the existing on-ramp and westbound traffic will access northbound I-5 from the new on-ramp.
“We are proud to deliver this improvement for the travelers who use this corridor and we believe that it will reduce congestion in this growing area,” said Melissa Ambler, Project Engineer.
This $10 million project, which includes $1 million from the city of Bellingham, will improve traffic flow and reliability with additional highway access from the eastside of I-5. It will also reduce westbound trips across the West Bakerview Road Bridge.
Additional improvements on Bakerview Road
Next spring, crews will complete the remaining work on West Bakerview Road as part of this project. This work includes restriping the lanes on West Bakerview Road and installing an island to prevent eastbound traffic from turning left onto the new on-ramp.
Additional lane restriping will create two lanes from Bennett Road across West Bakerview Road heading eastbound over the bridge and one lane across West Bakerview Road heading westbound towards Arctic Avenue. Completing this work is weather dependent.
The value of partnerships
“This project showcased a great partnership between WSDOT, Interwest Construction, Inc. and the city of Bellingham. The encouragement we received from local travelers was key to keeping our team motivated during these challenging times. We appreciate their support and thank them for their patience,” shared Ambler.
WSDOT has partnered with the city of Bellingham for more than a decade to make improvements in this rapidly growing area. These improvements provide for more efficient access for people traveling to and from this critical crossroad in the region’s transportation system. This project was included in the 2015 Connecting Washington package - a $16 billion investment to enhance the statewide transportation system and maintain critical infrastructure.