Visitors to Semiahmoo Park will now have continuous use of sidewalks on the east side of the parkway and improved public safety.
The improvements are a result of a recently completed joint project between the Whatcom County park department and the city of Blaine. The project completed a gap in the pedestrian corridor by placing a sidewalk with a pedestrian handrail on the east side of the parkway and improved pedestrian safety through the use of traffic calming features, said Steve Banham, Blaine public works director. Two traffic islands were also incorporated into the project to reduce the length of pedestrian crossing, while creating an aesthetic visual change on the roadway to help slow down the motorists.
The project improved approximately 1,800 feet of Semiahmoo Parkway between Drayton Harbor Road and the Whatcom County park and about 24,000 square feet of parking. The project replaced an undersized ditch on the east side with an enclosed storm drainage system and outfall, installed reclaimed water piping, and repaired and resurfaced the roadway, including striping and other related work.
The total project cost was $1.1 million, of which, approximately $200,000 was for Semiahmoo Park improvements.