Future fish passage project to impact traffic near busy north Bellingham intersection

BELLINGHAM, WA (MyBellinghamNow.com) – A future fish passage mission will trigger complications for drivers at a heavy-traffic space in north Bellingham.

The Washington State Division of Transportation is starting the design section of an $85 million mission that may appropriate fish boundaries round 5 areas in Spring and Baker Creeks close to the intersection of I-5 and the Information Meridian. Building is anticipated to start in spring 2026 and end in fall 2028.
Picture courtesy of the Washington State Division of Transportation

Mission Engineer Megan Mosebar laid out the groundwork for the mission in a presentation to the Bellingham Metropolis Council on Monday, June 17. She says regardless of the obstructions to visitors, design groups are already working to verify the work received’t impression entry to companies.

“They’re going to must coordinate with companies, do outreach to companies, ensuring they’re engaged and know what to anticipate,” Mosebar mentioned in her presentation. “We’ve begun a few of that with a number of the bigger companies already, form of letting them know what to anticipate.”

Each I-5 and the Information are anticipated to be decreased to a single lane in every route for durations of time whereas building is underway.

Bellingham Mayor Kim Lund mentioned communication of the visitors impacts shall be key throughout a time the place cross-border visitors shall be surging.

“Building may very well be underway simply upfront of the World Cup and we anticipate further through journey from Seattle to Vancouver for a few of these video games,” Lund mentioned.

Seattle and Vancouver will each be internet hosting a number of matches through the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It kicks off in mid-June and runs into July, simply months after building is anticipated to start.

WSDOT says it ought to have a clearer image of the visitors impacts by December 2025.