Construction work has begun to connect 17th Street through to Main Street. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)
LYNDEN ­— The long-awaited 17th Street extension project is finally underway  and will affect neighborhood traffic until the end of September, city Public Works reports.
Stremler Gravel is the contractor doing the street and utility upgrades for about $1.3 million. Work will be continuous from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Although mainly a punch-through of 17th to Main, the project also involves some water main replacement along 17th all the way to Liberty Street.
Only local access will be allowed on 17th Street north of Liberty and along Village Drive connecting to Double Ditch Road, the city says.
A full extension of 17th Street through to Main Street — so that residential Village Drive is not used as a connector — has been on the city’s drawing board for more than 20 years, but held up by drawn-out property settlements.
  • Another current project is by Colacurcio Brothers Construction on East Grover Street and Vinup Road near Lynden High School. It is to do utility and handicapped-access upgrades for future asphalt repaving from the railroad tracks to Bradley Road.
Lane restrictions, traffic control and signing will be in effect through Aug. 21. Sidewalk will be closed.