Case Study: Bellingham, WA

Shuksan Middle School is located within one-third of a mile of the Northwest Avenue and McLeod Road intersection, which serves as a southbound on and off access to Interstate 5. Many of Shuksan Middle School’s 600+ students walk or bicycle to school, and a portion of these walkers and bikers routinely cross the Northwest Avenue and McLeod Road intersection. Northwest Avenue is a busy transportation arterial that accommodates high-frequency bus transit and serves as a freight corridor. Over time, increases in interstate and local traffic have resulted in significant congestion at this intersection, in turn leading to related safety concerns for pedestrians and motorists alike. Through grants from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program and other sources, the City was provided an opportunity to help improve the intersection for students by constructing a modern roundabout, which will ultimately benefit all roadway users.

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