Truckcrossing improvements get belated go-ahead

Published on Thu, Mar 23, 2006 by ack Kintner

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Truck crossing improvements get belated go-ahead

By Jack Kintner

A $35 million project to widen and lower the truck route, State Route 543, between Boblett Street and the Canadian border will begin next month thanks to additional appropriations for the project from the Washington State legislature.

The project was put on hold last year when the low bid from IMCO General Construction of Bellingham came in 20 percent higher than the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) had estimated for the project. But with the additional funds the project was given the green light according to public information officer Dustin Terpening of WSDOT’s Burlington office.

The project will create an overpass for traffic on D Street by lowering the truck route as much as 25 feet and will also provide an interchange between the two roads. The truck route itself will be widened to five lanes plus ramps for access to D Street. Three lanes will be for northbound traffic, one of which will be a trucks only lane that will loop around the east side of the Duty Free store to line up with the border security booths. Two lanes will be for southbound traffic and a right turn lane will be added for southbound traffic turning west on to H Street. A noise wall will be installed on the west side of the truck route north of H Street.

Construction is expected to begin in late April and will be completed by the fall of 2007, according to Terpening. For more information go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR543/I5_Canadian.