Washington’s Transportation Improvements Board (TIB) has awarded nearly $100 million for traffic improvement projects across Whatcom County, and a portion of that money will come to Blaine.
Blaine was awarded $468,000 of the total $99.5 million to improve the stretch of Marine Drive immediately east of the railroad tracks. The road is currently 22 feet wide and has no sidewalks or bicycle lanes. The improvements total $520,000 and will widen the road and add sidewalks.
Blaine was also awarded $100,000 to add a 10-foot wide walking path along a nearly one-mile stretch of Peace Portal Drive from Cherry Street to Bayview Avenue. Currently people have to walk on the shoulder.
The $100,000 from the state is added to $120,000 from a federal grant and $17,000 remaining from an unspent portion of a Northwest Parks and Recreation District grant, Blaine planning director Michael Jones said.
The total $237,000 will fully fund the walking path, which will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jones noted.
The city will begin the bidding process and hopes to have the project completed in 2011, he said.