Whatcom County Public Works staff have decided to close Lincoln Road during road improvements from May to October instead of reducing it to one lane, as was originally planned.
Public works had planned to use safety flaggers to take the road down to one lane during construction but later opted to close it entirely due to safety and cost concerns, according to a project update newsletter. Local residents will still be able to reach their homes and the two businesses along Lincoln Road.
Anderson Road will serve as a detour route for east/west traffic.
County public works will widen Lincoln Road between Harborview and Shintaffer to 12-foot lanes with 8-foot paved shoulders. Dedicated left-turn lanes at the intersections, wetland mitigation and storm water treatment facilities will also be included in the estimated $2.6 million project.
Bids were examined on April 12, and the lowest bidder was Lynden-based Stremler Gravel at about $2.2 million, county project engineer Cecelia Thomas said. The bid has yet to be officially awarded. For more information, call Thomas at 360/715-7450.