Marine Drive Reconstruction

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Marine Drive Suggested Alternate Route During Stormwater Construction

Project Description and Goals

The project will widen and reconstruct the existing roadway to allow the addition of pedestrian and bicycle facilities on Marine Drive between Locust Avenue and Alderwood Avenue.

The goals of this multi-modal improvement project include:

  • Widen, reconstruct, and resurface the Marine Drive roadway corridor.
  • Add concrete curb/gutter and sidewalks on both sides of roadway.
  • Add five-foot width bicycle lanes adjacent to travel lanes.
  • Add a pedestrian push-button crosswalk, also called an actuated crosswalk, in the vicinity of the Port of Bellingham's Marine Drive trail system and parking lot.
  • Improve safety by increasing the unobstructed areas adjacent to the roadway, also known as the clear zone. This will include relocating above ground utilities and poles, and replacing existing roadside ditches with a tight-line stormwater conveyance system.
  • Improve stormwater management for the roadway corridor.
  1. Alternate Routes Advised on Marine Drive Oct. 18-20 Near McAlpine Road

    Stormwater vault construction will cause alternating single-lane closures on Marine Drive during weekday business hours. Drivers should use alternate routes and expect significant delays. View suggested alternate route: Visit the project webpage.
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Vicinity Map

Marine Drive vicinity map cropped

Project Timeline


  • June/July 2021 – 
  • Construction contract advertisement for bids, and contract procurement process.
  • May 2021 – Additional $1,000,000 in FHWA grant funds awarded, for a total of $2,500,000 in Federal grant funds.
  • April 2021 – Final Plans, Specifications, and Estimate contract package delivered by consulting engineer.
  • September 2020 - Consulting engineer submitted 90% project design documents. 
  • June 2020 - Consulting engineer submitted 60% fundamental project design documents. 
  • March 2020 - Consulting engineer submitted 30% conceptual project design documents.
  • November 2019 - Consulting engineer selection completed and preliminary design underway, focusing on: storm drainage management studies; conceptual roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvement layouts; and determining utility relocation needs. 
  • August 2019 - Secured $1,500,000 in FHWA Surface Transportation Block Grant funds for construction.
  • June 2017 - Field survey completed.

  • September 2021 - Construction scheduled to begin.