Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project Updates
Project Update for May 9, 2019
Schedule: After the right-of-way has been certified and the plans, specifications and estimates have been approved by WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation), a contractor will be selected through the competitive bid process.
Construction: Once a construction contract is awarded a detailed construction schedule will be announced.
Right-of-Way: Whatcom County is finalizing remaining property negotiations and then will proceed with right-of-way certification by FHWA.
Permits: All permits have been obtained.
Design: The plans, specification, and estimates are being finalized.
We sincerely appreciate the public's patience as we work through all the requirements of this federally funded project.
Construction is planned to begin September 2017 with major elements of the project's 1st phase (soft shore protection) includes the following:
Project Limits: Lora Lane to Cedar Avenue, 1.58 miles
Remove the rip rap, sea walls, groins, and bulkheads along Birch Bay Drive and replace them with a "natural" soft shore beach; reestablishing the beach profile and improving flood protection for the roadway and adjacent structures; this will improve habitat functions and the currently disrupted natural littoral drift of the beach.
Replace and retrofit substandard stormwater facilities and out falls to improve water quality for this significant shellfish area.
Provide beach access and a pedestrian facility as a portion of the Coast Millennium Trail.
Project construction will be over two seasons; September 2017 - May 2018 and September 2018 - May 2019. These work windows were established to avoid construction during the summer high tourism season at Birch Bay and in-water work windows established by environmental permits.