New $9.8 billion transportation budget includes some major projects for Whatcom County

The following are some of the major projects in Whatcom County:

? $12.1 million for the Thornton Road Overpass in the Ferndale area.

? $9.4 million for an Orchard Drive east-west connector under I-5 in Bellingham.

? $6.5 million for I-5/Northbound on-ramp at Bakerview Road. The project is to construct a northbound on-ramp on the east side of I-5 to address congestion, enhance regional multimodal transportation and support economic development in northwestern Bellingham.

? $200,000 for the Washington state-British Columbia joint transportation action plan for international mobility and trade.

? $2 million to construct improvements to the I-5/Slater Road Interchange and accommodate planned future development in the area around the interchange.

It also including the following a project covering multiple counties:

? $1.6 million for Skagit Transit to purchase five replacement buses to be used on the county connector services operated by Skagit Transit and partnership with Island Transit and Whatcom Transit. The buses will add passenger capacity and emissions reduction.

Source: Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee and Office of Financial Management
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