Whatcom County routinely performs safety inspections of all County owned bridges. The latest inspection of the North Lake Samish Road Bridge No. 107, crossing the lake near Samish Park, revealed a greatly reduced weight limit. During the most recent inspection, the inspectors encountered increased amounts of rot in the wood of the bridge superstructure over the water. This data was then input into a load rating calculation which determined the amount of weight allowable on the structure. Without some immediate solution the bridge would have to be closed to heavy traffic including school buses and fire district vehicles.
Many alternatives were investigated but the best solution was determined to be that the bridge must be RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE of traffic while designs for a replacement structure are prepared. This reduction to one lane allowed continued access for all passenger, school, and fire district vehicles with only minimum delays.
PROJECT UPDATE: Installation of the lane restriction is planned for the week of March 21, 2016; weather dependent.
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.
Ongoing updates will be provided on this webpage addressing project status and planned informational meetings.
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 PublicWorks@co.whatcom.wa.us for the most prompt response.