Ferndale began construction on its first roundabout in May 2007 in order to improve traffic near Ferndale High School. Improvements will involve reconfiguring the skewed intersections of Vista Drive, Malloy Avenue and Ferndale Terrace. RAM Construction General Contractors, Inc. was awarded the contract to complete this project for their bid price of just over $1.35 Million. Have a look at photos that illustrate the transformation of this area throughout the construction process.
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Phase I of the project begins: Vista is closed for construction.
Pavement on Vista Drive is removed.
Vista traffic is detoured to Malloy.
Vista Drive, looking south to Malloy & Ferndale Terrace.
Vista Drive, just south of Malloy Avenue.
Gravel has been placed on Vista Drive.
Crews work along what was the southbound lane of Vista Dr.
Photo is taken from Malloy, looking West to Ferndale Terrace.
Utility crews work to relocate the overhead wires.
Gravel fills the area widened to accommodate the roundabout.
Pavement on Malloy has settled (see the wavy crosswalk?)
A steel plate & traffic cone guard a new catchbasin.
Additional gravel is placed along Vista Drive.
Malloy Avenue and Shuksan Avenue, looking north.
Vista Drive to the left and Malloy Avenue to the right.
Asphalt was ground off Vista and used as fill for the project.
A boom truck lifts workers to the overhead utility lines.
Malloy Avenue, looking north.
The area between Vista & Malloy is filled.
Vista is flattened so the roundabout can be built.
Material is loaded into a dump truck and hauled away.
Looking from Malloy up to Vista (towards the northwest).
Closing Malloy allowed crews to remove the old roadway.
This photo is taken from the high school, looking northwest.
Malloy Avenue, looking north.
Shuksan Avenue, looking west.
Just south of the Vista and Malloy intersection.
Curb is formed on Vista Drive at Ferndale Terrace.
Ferndale Terrace slopes towards the roundabout.
Some of the first curb poured (north part of the roundabout).
The new concrete is protected from rain by plastic sheeting.
Malloy Avenue, looking north to the project limits.
Malloy Avenue, looking southwest toward Vista Drive.
An excavator rips up asphalt near the FHS tennis courts.
The school parking lot entrance is relocated north.
Asphalt is piled up before being hauled away.
Photo taken from FHS parking lot, looking west to Malloy.
A keystone block wall is installed in the school parking lot.
The wall is also installed parallel to Malloy Avenue.
Do you recognize Malloy? Photo looking southwest.
Or Vista? The center of Ferndale's future roundabout.
The middle of the roundabout towards Ferndale Terrace.
Vista Drive, looking south from the roundabout.
Vista Drive, looking south toward Washington Street.
A retaining wall was installed north of Shuksan Ave.
Shuksan Avenue, just west of Malloy/Vista, looking west.
Forms are ready for concrete. Vista, looking north.
Ferndale Terrace, looking towards roundabout and FHS.
Photo shows Ferndale Terrace entrance onto Vista.
An excavator blocks access to the roundabout.
RAM Construction of Bellingham is building this project.
Up to half of the curb will be covered with asphalt.
View of tennis courts and new driveway from Malloy.
Street lights will be bolted to concrete pole bases.
The center of the roundabout (left) and Vista Drive.
Malloy, once straight, is now directed to the roundabout.
A wall separates the raised roadway and FHS parking lot.
Residents talk with traffic control personnel on Vista.
Paving begins, and asphalt is loaded into the paving machine.
The machine places layers (lifts) of asphalt on the road.
Trucks with transfer boxes are used to deliver asphalt.
A total of three lifts of asphalt will be placed.
Tack, a sticky tar, is placed between lifts so they adhere.
Concrete crews complete sidewalks at Shuksan and Vista.
Pedestrians cross through the islands that separate traffic.
A roller compacts the asphalt placed by the paving machine.
Vista Drive, looking north from sidewalk.
Trucks use Vista to transfer trailers of hot asphalt.
While paving occurs near Malloy, concrete sidewalk's poured.
Looking north from Vista, with roundabout in foreground.
A double drum vibratory roller compacts & smoothes the road.
Crews hand rake asphalt into low areas behind the paver.
The paver moves up Vista to set up the next pass.
After paving, pavement markings and signs are installed.
Center line of Shuksan Avenue, looking west to Vista.
New retaining wall at northwest corner of FHS parking lot.
Sidewalk located to the east of the roundabout.
A raised divider separates north and southbound traffic.
Newly paved roundabout, with concrete truck apron on left.
The new driveway exit from FHS connects to Malloy.
Entrance to roundabout, heading south on Malloy.
Finishing touches are made by installing signs & topsoil.
New sidewalk and concrete retaining wall on Vista.
Looking south along Vista to roundabout & Ferndale Terrace.
Ferndale Terrace, as seen from the center of the roundabout.
Ferndale Terrace with new asphalt and fresh stripes.
Markers protect the new concrete so that it can cure.
Pedestrian crossing at Vista Drive, south of Ferndale Terrace.
Gravel areas will be finished with topsoil & grass seed.