The long-awaited left-turn barrier in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Main Street will begin to be installed today according to city staff. In addition, a two-way left-turn center lane will be added to a section of LaBounty Drive to handle the redirected traffic.
According to an announcement by the city in May, flexible plastic “traffic delineators” would be installed along the southside of the westbound left-turn lane from the intersection with LaBounty Drive east past the driveway into the NAPA Auto Parts and former Bob’s Burgers parking lots.
The section of Main Street between LaBounty Drive and I-5 has been the scene of several injury crashes over past years, typically involving westbound drivers crossing the eastbound lanes while attempting a left turn from Main Street into a driveway that serves several businesses on the south side of the road.
City of Ferndale Public Works Supervisor Bo Westford said they needed to act quickly given the unusually dry weather forecast for this week.
In addition to the left-turn barrier installation, city crews will change the road markings on LaBounty Drive to remove the on-street parking and add a center two-way left-turn lane. This traffic revision will extend between the east entrance to the Haggen Grocery parking lot to the eastern-most entrance to North Sound Center.
Work will begin on Main Street and then move to LaBounty Drive. “We hope to get it all done this week,” Westford said.
Work on Main Street and LaBounty Drive is not expected to impact traffic much according to Westford. “We will be working primary in the center lane on Main Street and not blocking the eastbound or westbound traffic lanes.”