Detour routes traffic through downtown

Published on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 by oral Garnick

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Detour routes traffic through downtown

By Coral Garnick

In an effort to have motorists utilize services in Blaine while southbound traffic is being detoured at the Peace Arch border crossing, a large sign was created informing motorists that they do not have to immediately re-enter I-5 at the D Street onramp.

The city of Blaine worked with U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to create the sign, which points out that motorists can take an alternate route along Peace Portal Drive entering I-5 at the 274 onramp.

“This is an opportunity for motorists who normally wouldn’t get off the freeway here, to come into our town,” said Debbie Harger, Blaine community development specialist “We are looking at this construction as an advantage not a disadvantage.”

The city started working with GSA and WSDOT in 2005 when they first learned of the plans for construction.

Blaine public works director Steve Banham said that the city, in collaboration with business owners, wanted to figure out some way to encourage motorists to drive through town, and that GSA was eager to accommodate with the creation of the sign.