Deer Trail work begins August 15

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Deer Trail road reconstruction work is scheduled to begin Monday, August 15 as Whatcom County Public Works crews shift and rebuild a section of the road that collapsed during a landslide in January 2021.

Drivers can expect long delays with alternating single-lane closures during working hours, according to a public works news release. Automated traffic signals will be used during evenings and non-working days.

The work includes shifting a 300-foot section of the roadway centerline 4 feet to the west, then temporary removal of the northbound travel lane and construction of a large rock buttress structural section. New asphalt pavement will be put in along with a guard railing adjacent to the creek ravine.

A portion of the road eroded in January 2021 due to heavy rains and flooding in late 2020 and early 2021. The county hired a local geotechnical engineer firm in early 2021 to analyze temporary stabilization measures to take before the roadway can be permanently reconstructed.

Since the landslide, the road has been restricted to one-lane with temporary stop signs to control traffic and concrete barriers to prevent vehicles from getting too close to damaged pavement.

Deer Trail road serves as sole access to households on it – Cherry Tree Lane, Fawn Crescent, Pheasant Drive and Grouse Crescent Road – totaling about 80 to 90 homes.

“Whatcom County Public Works appreciates the community’s patience with construction activities to restore the landslide-damaged section of the Deer Trail roadway,” the news release said.

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