HStreet, boardwalk priorities in 6-year road plan

Published on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 by ara Nelson

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H Street, boardwalk priorities in 6-year road plan

By Tara Nelson

Wider lanes on H Street, a smoother railroad crossing on Marine Drive and the completion of the planned pedestrian bridge downtown are just a few of the improvements residents can expect with the city’s six-year transportation improvement plan approved by Blaine City Council this week.

In their regular meeting Monday, Blaine City Council voted 5-0 to approve the plan that calls for a total of 16 improvements to Blaine roads between 2008 and 2013.

In an earlier presentation to the council, Blaine public works director Steve Banham said those improvements include the widening and reconstruction of H Street between Ludwick Avenue and Vista Terrace, road reconstruction and railway crossing alignment of the Marine Drive gateway, and the construction of the pedestrian bridge connecting the H Street boardwalk plaza to the boat launch at the end of Milhollin Drive.

Banham said additional projects include completing the environmental and preliminary engineering on the exit 274 interchange improvements, overlay work and repair on Bell Road, as well as Boblett Street and Bayview Avenue reconstruction.

Banham said with improvements such as Bayview Avenue, he plans to look into partnering with developers to complete road improvements that will be required along with their planned projects.

“We’d like to be able to partner with some of the development that’s going on there such as with the Brickyard Cottage development planned for Peace Portal Way,” he said. “We’ll see if we can make that work.”

Blaine resident Dianne Palmason, said she liked the plan but wanted to know what the city was doing to include provisions for non-motorized transportation.

“I regularly see young people walking back and forth to school on H Street, the shoulder is missing, there’s a hill and visibility is poor.”

The complete list of road projects is available on the city’s web site at www.ci.blaine.wa.us.