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Activity on the Thornton Street overpass project could begin next week

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FERNDALE, Wash. — The golden shovels used for ground breaking ceremonies are not expected to be brought out any time soon in light of current state social distancing and stay at home orders, But that will not delay getting to work on the long-awaited Thornton Street overpass project according to City of Ferndale Capital Projects Manager Katy Radder.

Radder provided the Ferndale City Council with updates on the city’s current capital projects, including the Thornton Street overpass, during their regular meeting last night, April 20th.

Radder said the following work could begin as early as next week on the overpass project.

  • Mobilization
  • Erosion control
  • Traffic control
  • House demolition
  • Sanitary sewer work

In an email this morning, city officials said, “The City is anticipating a 3-year construction period, with completion estimated in 2023.”

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**In an effort to educate the community about the programs of the FCSC, we will be doing a series of weekly posts to highlight each program and share details.**

Week 1: Did you know that the FCSC has a brand new program? The Ferndale Community Utilities Fund launched May 15th, 2020. The purpose of this temporary program is to help neighbors who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pay their City of Ferndale utility bill.

Neighbors who need help can apply via our website (link is below). Be sure to check out the eligibility requirements and then click the link to the application form. Neighbors who want to help can make a donation via the same link. To date, we have raised an incredible $10,000! Through the generous support of the community and grants from the Whatcom Community Foundation and the Mary H Storer Foundation, we have reached our fundraising goal. We will use these funds to help Ferndale households with their June and August water bills.

Please help us spread the word so we can ease the struggle for some during this challenging time. And THANK YOU for your generous support and care for your fellow Ferndale residents.

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Construction has been determined to be a non-essential activity and restricted under Governor Jay Inslee’s current stay at home orders. But city officials say the overpass project is eligible to get underway as it is “To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing,” an exemption included within guidance from the governor’s office.

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