Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility Project

Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project Updates

Status – December 12, 2019

Project Summary

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.

Project Details

  • Status: Construction to begin December 9, 2019.
  • Contract Awarded: Yes
  • Contract Amount: $8,724,841.00
  • Contractor: Granite Construction, Inc.

Construction Schedule:  Beginning December 16th at the southerly limits of the project, near Lora Lane, the contractor will be installing silt fence, construction entrances and mobilizing equipment to the project site. The contractor plans to work between the hours of 10 am to 6 pm.  Work will then adjourn from December 20, 2019 until January 6, 2020.

The contractor anticipates importing 80,000 tons to the project site January 6, 2020 to February 15, 2020, which will complete the berm construction from Lora Lane to the Bay Breeze Restaurant.  This work will largely take place between the hours of 10 pm to 8am due to the winter tidal cycle.

This look ahead schedule is subject to change and will be updated as needed to reflect any changes.

Traffic Impacts:  Initial traffic impacts in the month of December are likely to be minimal but expect some signal lane closures between Lora Lane to the Bay Breeze Restaurant.  Traffic impacts will increase beginning in January between the hours of 10 pm to 8am.  The impacts will be single lane closures and/or flagging for truck traffic importing beach gravel to the site.


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    ***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. Additional Info...
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