Council takes first look at road plan
There were few surprises for Blaine City Council as they gave first reading to the city’s new six year transportation plan.
City engineer Steve Banham ran through the program for the benefit of council and members of the public at council’s regular meeting Monday night. Banham said the road program is determined on the basis of six criteria: safety, deterioration, below standards, school route, traffic volume and growth patterns.
Based on these, top priority goes to Marine Drive (in two phases), Semiahmoo Parkway overlay, H Street (two separate projects), Harbor Scenic Loop (phase 1), Cherry and Boblett streets (from Peace Portal Drive to Mitchell Street), E Street (from 6th to 10th streets), I-5 interchanges (276 & 274), Bayview Avenue, Bell Road and a pedestrian crossing over the railroad tracks from the planned pedestrian boardwalk on the west side of Peace Portal Drive.
Banham told council “Priorities should follow last year’s – a good plan shouldn’t flip-flop every year.” Council is expected to adopt the plan June 27.