Transportation

Bellingham seeks comment on transportation improvements

Public hearing scheduled for May 23
May 18, 2022 at 5:10 a.m.
A bicyclist rides in a bike lane May 13 on State Street.
A bicyclist rides in a bike lane May 13 on State Street. (Kyle Tubbs/Cascadia Daily News)

By CDN Staff

Members of the public will have an opportunity to tell the Bellingham City Council which transportation projects it should prioritize over the next six years at a public hearing on Monday.

More specifically, the topic of the hearing is the 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) — a list of upcoming road projects intended to improve safety or meet the needs of rapidly-growing neighborhoods, while also enhancing routes for pedestrians, bicycles and buses. The city typically adds two or three new projects a year, tacking them onto the end of the six-year list until they are funded.

The 6-Year TIP relies heavily on long-term planning documents such as the Bicycle Master Plan, the Pedestrian Master Plan and the transportation chapter in Bellingham’s 20-year Comprehensive Plan.

After hearing public input next week, the council will complete its annual update of Bellingham’s 6-Year TIP by July 1.

The council will hold the public hearing shortly after the 7 p.m. start of its regularly scheduled meeting on May 23. The meeting is online only, and people who wish to testify are asked to register in advance at cob.org/ccsignup. Those wishing to attend the hearing may join at cob.org/cczoom.

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