Traffic Revisions Planned to Accommodate Start of School
The Ferndale School District and the City of Ferndale have been diligently planning a safe route for students, teachers and parents once they head back to school on September 7th. For the next month, drivers, bikers and pedestrians should be prepared for traffic revisions in and around the Ferndale High School campus.
Washington Street remains closed until work is complete between Third Avenue and Vista Drive. Starting September 7, 2016, and until work is complete on Washington Street, all traffic to Ferndale High School must access campus by taking the Vista Drive roundabout northbound onto Malloy Avenue. During this time, Malloy Avenue between Vista Drive and Seamount Drive will be restricted to northbound one-way only. This will impact Ferndale school bus routes, as well as pedestrian, bicyle and car access as follows:
MORNING ACCESS TO FHS:
- Middle and high school buses will stop first at their middle school destinations, and high school students will consolidate onto fewer buses for the continuing trip to Ferndale High School.
- Student and parent drivers can only enter the Ferndale High School parking lots by travelling though the roundabout to northbound Malloy Avenue and turning right onto campus.
- All pedestrians and bicyclists will be required to access Ferndale High School from Vista Drive and Malloy Avenue.
AFTERNOON DEPARTURES FROM FHS:
- Drivers picking up students can only enter the Ferndale High School gymnasium parking lot by travelling though the roundabout to northbound Malloy Avenue and turning right onto campus.
- Parent and student drivers can only leave the Ferndale High School parking lots by turning right onto and travelling northbound on Malloy Street toward Seamount Drive.
- All pedestrians and bicyclists will be required to leave Ferndale High School from Malloy Avenue or Vista Drive for all dismissals, including lunch breaks.
Again, Washington Street will continue to be closed to all through traffic and pedestrians at all times until construction is complete. Traffic heading toward town from Portal Way and Second Avenue must utilize the detour route along Third Avenue and Vista Drive.
New and Improved Washington Street Coming Soon
The City obtained grant funding from both the State’s Safe Routes to School and Transportation Improvement Board’s Urban Arterial Program to improve Washington Street for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. While motorists will appreciate the new road surface, pedestrians will benefit the most from the improvements, including new sidewalks, improved crosswalks, and a pedestrian-activated flashing beacon at the intersection of Golden Eagle Drive that is designed to increase the visibility of those wishing to cross the busy street. Planter strips will be added between the street and the sidewalks to provide buffers between vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and widened shoulders will accommodate bicycle traffic.
Initially planned to be complete before the start of the 2016-2017 school year, unanticipated underground utility conflicts required that the City redesign and install a brand new sewer system to serve the residents west of Golden Eagle Drive. This added work impacted the construction schedule and the project is now anticipated to be complete in early October.
Please Drive Carefully
The City of Ferndale and Ferndale School District would like to remind all drivers to use continued care, caution, patience and understanding as we all do our part to protect the safety of those utilizing our streets. Be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians, leave early, travel slowly, be courteous, and heed warning signs and traffic control personnel at all times. By working together collectively, the community, Ferndale School District and City of Ferndale can each do their parts to help ensure that our students, teachers, parents and residents reach their destinations safely.
For More Information
If you have questions about bus pick up points for students, please contact Router Lori Apana with the Ferndale School District Transportation Department at (360) 383-9234 or Ferndale High School Principal Jeff Gardner at (360) 383-9243.
If you have comments, questions, or require further information regarding the road closures, detours or construction, please contact the City of Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006 or visit their website at http://www.cityofferndale.org/traffic-revisions-planned-accommodate-start-school/.
—Remember, Safety First—
For more information:
Assistant Superintendent Mark Deebach, 360.383.9203, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 383.9207, email@example.com