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Published on Thu, Jun 19, 2008
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Ski to Sea video contest on YouTube

The Ski to Sea race committee is in the process of judging entries in the first ever Ski to Sea YouTube video contest. There have been 13 entries this year, and they can be viewed by visiting www.SkitoSea.com

Judging ended on Wednesday, June 18 and winners will be announced on the Ski to Sea website. The public is invited to view the videos and send comments to SkitoSea@Bellingham.com.

City approves 6-year transportation plan

Blaine residents can expect improvements to several Blaine streets and advancement on larger infrastructure projects within the next few years.

In their regular meeting June 9, Blaine City Council approved a six-year road plan that includes an eastern extension of Boblett Street to Grant Street, improvements on H Street from Ludwick to Vista Terrace and the advancement of plans for a pedestrian railroad overpass that will connect the city’s H Street boardwalk plaza to a future park on the end of Milhollin Drive.

Other road projects given priority will include an overlay at the Bell Road railroad crossing; the design of the improved I-5 exit 274; a pedestrian overpass at SR 543; widening and repaving on 4th street from A to D streets; 9th Street from G to H streets; B Street from Second to Fifth streets, E Street from Sixth to 11th streets: Bayview Avenue; Peace Portal Drive to Clyde Street; Hughes Avenue from Peace Portal to Odell; as well as improvements to the Peace Portal and Marine Drive streetscapes, the development of a future Marine Drive boardwalk from the Lighthouse Point water reclamation facility to the pier, and the H Street turn-off from Peace Portal to Harrison.

Councilmember John Liebert asked if the city was any closer to securing state or federal funding for a pedestrian overpass at the truck crossing.

The truck route’s safety for pedestrian has been an issue of concern for many since an elderly California man was struck by a Canadian motorist when he attempted to cross during a “Do Not Walk” sign in March.

The man, Timothy L Mosby, 63, of Red Bluff, California, died several months later from his injuries.

The most recent traffic counts by the Washington state Department of Transportation estimated that as many as 11,000 vehicles pass through the intersection per day. Many of those vehicles are large tractor-trailers that can be as long as 70 feet and travel at speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, often pushing yellow lights or running them altogether in anticipation of entering the freeway.

In a joint meeting between the city council and planning commission last April, Blaine police chief Mike Haslip said his main concern was pedestrian traffic coming from the schools and what those students would find of use to them on the other side of the truck route – especially with Friday evenings in the fall and late October when students are attending basketball games and it’s raining or foggy.
Blaine public works director Steve Banham said while he will be working to put together a package to request funding, it could be several years before that could happen.

By Tara Nelson