SR 544 (Pole Rd.) Intersection Improvements
Client Name: Whatcom County Public Works, WA
Construction Cost: $2.5 Million (local funding)
Staff Involved / Roles/Responsibility: Luis Ponce – Project Manager. Nathan Zylstra – Design Engineer. Widener & Associates – Environmental Permitting. Herman Traffic Engineering – Traffic Signal Design. Certified Land Services – Right of Way Acquisition. GeoEngineers – Geotechnical Design. Development of PS&E for roadway widening and left turn lanes on all approaches to the intersection. Project required right of way acquisition, permitting, and coordination between WSDOT, Whatcom County and utility companies, and private property owners to resolve project issues. The 4-way stop controlled intersection was replaced with a traffic signal and channelization to improve traffic flow and safety. 2,500 LF of roadway was reconstructed with new curb, gutter, and sidewalk. R&E and HTE developed a private property access plan that would be agreeable to the affected property owners, WSDOT and Whatcom County.