Friday, July 12, 2019

Bellingham Thoroughfare Reopens

By Karen Robes Meeks

For the first time in more than a century, the public can drive through Bellingham's downtown waterfront, the Port of Bellingham announced Tuesday.

Newly open Laurel Street connects to Cornwall Avenue, while Granary Avenue links to Roeder Avenue just south of the Granary Building and connects residents to Waypoint Park, a new public park along the Whatcom Waterway.

The access has been created, thanks to a port project that includes new public and franchise utilities, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, parking, landscaping and street lighting. The work also paves the way for a mixed-use development along the waterfront. The port expects to start construction of new mountain bike trails through the downtown waterfront featuring a singletrack sidewalk and a pump track.