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Compact roundabout to be built at northbound I-5 Portal Way off- and on-ramps

City of FerndaleĀ Public Works Project Manager Katy Radder told Ferndale City Councilmembers Monday construction of a planned compact single-lane roundabout at Portal Way, between the I-5 northbound on- and off-ramps, is scheduled to begin sometime mid-July.

The project is expected to take 3 weeks to complete once started according to Radder. The project will also include installing storm sewer pipe, pre-cast curbs and modifications to existing lighting and intelligent traffic systems (ITS).

Drivers seeking to avoid Main Street during high-volume commute times have encountered long back ups on the off-ramp from the stop sign at Portal Way. At times, this back up has extended onto I-5.

Installing a roundabout is expected to enable traffic from I-5 to be able to access Portal Way without requiring every car to stop first. Completed, the proposed compact roundabout will be similar to the 3 currently in place on Slater Road at the I-5 interchange.

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The City recently acquired a new tool - the Drone Ranger. Here's one of its maiden voyages, flying over our recent Summer of Fun event Glow in the Dark Croquet. #FerndaleParks ... See MoreSee Less

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Sweet! What kind of drone?

I think it's super awesome!

I always forget that park exists.

Is it going to be flying around all of ferndale?

Of course it's not legal to fly there, which is a problem. No fly zone!

very cool! I love drones. I need to fix mine.

Nice flying, Riley. You need a call sign...Park Ranger?

Um...shouldn't it be DARK for glow in the DARK croquet??? ...but cool toy nonetheless! šŸ˜

I really see this purchase as a irresponsible use of taxpayer money. Also isn't Ferndale with in 5 miles of a airport?

A few weeks ago this drone was flying over main street in Ferndale, VERY low to traffic and VERY distracting! Please keep it at a more respectful height. Id hate to file a claim against City of Ferndale for causing an accident by flying "their" drone to low!

Very cool! I can think of all kinds of uses for this, to help publicize events, and make cool videos about the city!

What for? Might be a nice tool for the police department. Why was money spent on this?

Chris Hollenbeck

Did your pilot obtain a license from the FAA to operate legally?


Now we can find out who is burning garbage....

Would it be out of the question to attach guns to the drone? People need to know that Ferndale isn't messing around any longer!

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A standard single-lane roundabout is already in place for the I-5 southbound on- and off-ramps at Portal Way.

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Joe Beaulaurier
Joe Beaulaurier
Beaulaurier is the founder of My Ferndale News. As a Ferndale resident, he hopes to empower the community with free access to news that matters and makes a difference in the day-to-day challenges faced while we work and live in the Ferndale area.

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