A request for contractor bids has been made by the City of Ferndale for roadway and pedestrian safety improvements planned for later this year on Washington Street between Vista Drive and 3rd Avenue.
According to the bid request, the project will make improvements to approximately 1000 linear feet of Washington Street, from the intersection of Vista Drive east to 3rd Avenue. According to Public Works Director Kevin Renz, efforts will be made to keep this main arterial open as much as possible during the course of the project.
The improvements planned include installation of a “Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) Crosswalk Warning System” at the Golden Eagle Drive intersection. This will be similar to the crosswalk recently installed in front of the Ferndale Public Library on Main Street.
Other improvements include the addition of curbs and sidewalks including areas currently with minimal or no sidewalks and resurfacing of the roadway.
According to the city website, the project is expected to cost between $700,000 to $850,000 with funding coming from several sources,
The City obtained $280,000 in grant funds from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board’s Urban Arterial Program and another $200,000 in state grant funds from Safe Routes to School. An additional $300,000 in Transportation Improvement District funds is budgeted to round out the funding package for this project.