Deer Trail, a Whatcom County public roadway, is experiencing severe erosion of the material beneath the roadway pavement, called subgrade, and the embankment of the adjacent hillside. The affected portion of Deer Trail is located near the intersection of Cherry Tree Lane. For safety, this portion of roadway is currently restricted to one-lane with a temporary stop sign to control traffic. Concrete ‘jersey’ barriers ensure cars stay away from the eroded edge.
In the short term, Whatcom County Public Works has hired a geotechnical engineer to assess the immediate safety and stability of this section of public roadway and recommend temporary stabilization measures to prevent further damage. County Maintenance and Operations crews will perform this work. In the long term, a permanent roadway reconstruction will have to be designed, funded, and constructed.
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