Construction at the Birch Bay-Lynden Road railroad crossing has experienced a slight delay.
According to a press release from the Whatcom County Public Works department, BNSF Railway experienced some problems completing the upgrades, pushing back the county’s scheduled traffic signal turn-on by nearly two weeks.
BNSF engineers required extra time to run power cables to their bungalows and reinforce some infrastructure components. The railway estimates the work will be completed on Friday, July 25. Kevin Thompson, project engineer for the public works department, said the city should be able to complete the traffic signal turn-on next week.
“There was quite a lot of work to be done, and it was a big project, but we should be able to have the traffic signal turn-on process wrapped up next week,” Thompson said.
With the activation of the traffic signal, the construction at the crossing will be all but complete, at least as far as the average commuter is concerned.
“Once we turn on that traffic signal, the intersection will be fully operational,” Thompson said. “The contractor will be constructing a detention pond on a nearby property, but that will be largely in the background and won’t disrupt the flow of traffic.”
Thompson expects all remaining construction at the intersection and pond site to be completely finished by mid September. An offsite wetland mitigation site will be planted in early 2015. Construction at the intersection has been underway since mid April.