Locals likely recall when Washington Street between Vista Drive and 3rd Avenue was closed back in 2016 between June and October while the road surface was reconstructed and sidewalk and other improvements were made. This year, the same is planned for the section of Washington Street to the west between Main Street and Vista Drive.
City officials announced today the project is scheduled to begin Monday, April 30th and will result in closing the road to through traffic 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays. Signs will direct drivers to a detour route via 4th Avenue.
City of Ferndale Capital Projects Manager Katy Radder says the plan is for the road to be closed through October and perhaps longer depending on weather and if there are any project surprises.
Traffic to residences and businesses along the closed road will be permitted through the closure area according to City officials.
The 2016 project did include surprises including locating unforeseen pipes that had been long enough ago that there were no records of their existence. This delayed the project several days.
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RED = road closed zone
GREEN = detour route
City officials say the project will widen and improve Washington Street from Main Street to Vista Drive to include new 5-foot-wide sidewalks, curbs, gutters, shoulders for bicycle use, an improved bus pullout and 11-foot-wide travel lanes for vehicles.
The project will be paid with a $733,933 grant award from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board’s Urban Arterial Program, sales tax proceeds into the City’s Transportation Benefit District and utility funds.