FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Public Works crews will be preparing areas around Slater Road next week for the eventual installation of gates to be used when there are temporary road closures due to flooding.
According to documents online with the County, initial plans show potential locations where the gates may be installed (east of Ferndale Road and west of the RR tracks).
According to Whatcom County Public Works Assistant Superintendent Gina Miller, they are preparing to install roadway gates for closing that portion of Slater Road during flooding events. The gates swing out of the way when open and extend across the roadway when closed. This will allow crews to more quickly and easily close and reopen the roadway during flood events and will replace the need for barricades, barriers and other traffic control devices.
Miller said work scheduled for January 21st to the 24th (Tuesday to Friday) will occur on the shoulder of the road. For worker safety, a lane through the work area may be closed and flaggers will safely alternate traffic through the work area when that occurs. While project hours are 7am to 5pm, Miller said every effort will be made to avoid closing a lane during the morning and evening commute times.
Plans have also been made to install temporary roadway closure gates at these other sections of road frequently closed due to flooding according to the County’s website.
- on Marine Drive at Rural Avenue, Ferndale Road and Lummi Shore Road/Drive
- on Ferndale Road just north of Marine Drive
No word yet about when those projects may begin.
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