County council to hold public hearing on Drayton Harbor Road speed limit increase

Published on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Members of the Blaine and Birch Bay communities will get the chance to have their say on increasing the speed limit on a section of Drayton Harbor Road at Tuesday’s Whatcom County Council meeting.

County council will hold a public hearing on the issue at the Tuesday, February 28, council meeting starting at 7 p.m. The hearing is the result of a petition signed by 69 area residents who support upping the speed limit to 35 mph on the section Drayton Harbor Road from Harborview west to the Blaine city limits. County council members are expected to vote on the speed increase later during Tuesday's meeting.

Click here to read the draft county council resolution and the traffic study county public works staff completed. The study revealed, among other things, that most drivers traveling that stretch of Drayton Harbor Road drive at 35 mph despite the fact the posted speed limit is 25 mph.

The study also revealed, as I reported here, that no one whose driveway directly abuts Drayton Harbor Road signed the petition. Most of the petition signers came from the housing community wedged between Semiahmoo Parkway and Drayton Harbor Road.

The petition includes some names from Bellingham and Lynden, but is mostly filled with residents from the Semiahmoo area. Notable signers of the petition include former Blaine City Council member Alan Black and his replacement Clark Cotner.

Tuesday’s county council meeting will start at 7 p.m. on February 27 at the Whatcom County Council chambers in Bellingham. Click here to see the council’s full agenda for the night.

I used some online mapping software to figure out where most of the people who signed the petition lived in relation to each other. Minus a few outliers in Lynden and Bellingham, this map shows their locations. I've annotated the map to show what the current speed limits are. Photo source: Google Maps.


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