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New pavement, sidewalks and culverts, oh my!

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By Frances Fedoriska

Forget yellow bricks! This spring, travelers on Mt. Baker Highway (State Route 542) in Whatcom County will follow the freshly-paved road as contractor crews begin working on two  projects to rehabilitate almost 20 miles of highway.

Resurfacing doesn't take a wizard
We didn't have to visit a wizard to make this work happen, we just had to turn to contractor crews! In May, workers from Doolittle Construction will begin resurfacing SR 542 from Britton Road on the east side of Bellingham to Markel Road in Kendall. This 18-mile section is part of a larger multi-county project preserving more than 35 miles on four different highways.

Contractor crews will work at night for the first few phases of the project. Then in July or August, they'll lay down the new oily surface and crushed rock and use the heat of our hot summer days to help it stick to the roadway.

No flying monkeys, but still some delays
Flying monkeys and apple-throwing trees delayed the trip to Oz …

New options for SR 9/SR 204 intersection coming as spring approaches

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By Samantha DeMars-Hanson 

Who else is fed up with all this snow? While we’re still seeing flakes fall in some areas, the recent sunshine and blue skies makes us eager for spring and the renewed sense of opportunity that comes with colorful flowers and fewer layers. For the Lake Stevens community, spring brings new opportunities to provide input on a new SR 9/SR 204 intersection design. You may be thinking: didn’t we already finalize the intersection design? And the answer is, yes – but we had some budget challenges to address.

Sowing seeds
In summer 2017, the SR 9/SR 204 Intersection Improvements project Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Lake Stevens community reached consensus on a grade-separated intersection design. This design required digging 30 feet into the ground to allow free flow of SR 9 traffic, with no stoplights, below SR 204.

Building on community consensus, the project team moved into the design phase of the project. They conducted project area surveying that included lo…