Recognizing National Public Works Week

This week is National Public Works week and here at the City of Ferndale, we are so thankful for our hardworking team of public works professionals.

They deliver safe, clean drinking water to over 14,00 residents, maintain and repair hundreds of miles of road, sidewalk and utilities and protect us from rising flood waters. They help build our transportation infrastructure, and maintain our parks and playgrounds.

Everywhere you go in Ferndale, you can see their hard work in action. Please join us in giving them a heartfelt thank you for all they do on behalf of our community.

Background on the New Ferndale Well

The City is gearing up to activate a new well and integrate that water into our water supply. In the next couple of weeks, the City will share more information about what that means for our community. In the meantime, here’s a video the City released last year that provides some background about the new well and water treatment plant.

Contribute to the Thornton Overpass Quick Release Time Capsule

With work on the Thornton Street Overpass underway, and the expectation and hope that daily life in Spring 2020 will be starkly different than the coming months, the City is collecting mementos and contributions from the public to be placed in a quick release time capsule to be opened at the completion of the pre-loading process, which is anticipated to take up to 18 months.

“This is an unusual and turbulent time,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. “With a major project like Thornton beginning, we wanted to seize the opportunity to memorialize our experience today.” Items contributed to the time capsule will be shared with the public at the completion of the pre-loading process.  ”With the pandemic, a traditional groundbreaking would be difficult to attend,” said Hansen. “This will allow the public an alternative way to engage with this exciting project.”

Donations can be letters to future Ferndale residents, what people miss or look forward to in the months to come, or items that help commemorate the COVID-19 experience. To contribute physical items, please email or call (360) 685-2377 to arrange for a drop-off at City hall.  Digital items may be emailed to All donations must be received by 5pm, Friday May 8th

Initial work on the project will include utility improvements and earthen wall embankments leading up to the future overpass needed to clear BNSF’s tracks.  A lengthy pre-load period is needed to stabilize and compress the soils beneath the embankments leading up to the new bridge, and these improvements will occur ahead of the planned bridge structure and road improvements.  To accommodate the settlement period, the construction phase of the project will stretch across multiple construction seasons, and the City is anticipating a 3-year construction period with completion estimated in 2023. 

For more information on the Thornton Street Overpass, go to or follow #ThorntonOverpass

City Extends All Permit Expiration Dates

City Extends All Permit Expiration Dates

To account for lost time due to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the City of Ferndale is extending all permits expiration dates to allow for projects to move forward.

Applicants with a permit that was in active status and had been issued prior to Friday April 24, 2020 will be reset to the maximum 180 days as allowed by the Ferndale Municipal Code.

“We understand the impacts that are being felt with our construction industry and we want to give people the time they need to complete their projects,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. “We can’t turn back the clock but this is the next best thing.”

For more information or questions about a specific project, please contact Community Development Director Haylie Miller at or 360-685-2367.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, April 27, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, April 27, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Rural Avenue, between Slater Road and Wynn Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Rural Avenue, between Slater Road and Wynn Road on Monday, April 27, 2020 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Construction to Resume with Additional Safety Precautions

Today, Governor Jay Inslee lifted most restrictions on residential and commercial construction, allowing low risk construction projects to resume with additional safety precautions.

Mayor Greg Hansen is grateful that the Governor has listened to our repeated requests to restart construction in a safe and responsible way and this is a good start. For full details of the safety requirements, please see the guidelines available here. For questions about individual projects, please see Community Development Director Haylie Miller at or 360-685-2367.

Invitation to Bid For Nordic to Scout Water Main Extension

City of Ferndale Project No. WA2018-01

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by CITY OF FERNDALE that electronic .pdf copies of bid proposals will be received by the City of Ferndale via email to until May 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The opening and reading of the bids will then be live-streamed via Microsoft Teams for the Nordic to Scout Water Main Extension. Live stream information can be found on the City of Ferndale’s project website at Hard copies matching the electronically delivered bid proposals must be received via US mail attn: Ferndale Public Works Department, Nordic to Scout Water Main Bid, PO Box 936, Ferndale, Washington, 98248, (360) 384-4006, no later than May 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This contact provides for the construction of approximately 600 linear feet of 12-inch diameter water main. Work will include trench excavation, boring under BNSF Railroad Right-Of-Way, and other work in accordance with the Contract Plans, Special Provisions, the Standard Specifications, including the amendments thereto, and Standard Plans.

Bid Guaranty

All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or surety bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal.  Should the successful bidder fail to enter into such contract and furnish satisfactory performance bond and payment bond both in an amount of 100 percent (100%) of the contract price within the time stated in the specifications, the bid proposal deposit shall be forfeited to the City of Ferndale.  All bidders and subcontractors shall have a contractor’s license to work in the State of Washington and a City of Ferndale Business License before starting work. All work performed on this project will be subject to prevailing state wage rates.

Project Documents 

Maps, plans, and specifications may be obtained electronically from the Ferndale Public Works Department, via download on the City of Ferndale website at  If you download the bid documents, you are required to contact the City via email at to be added to the plan holders’ list.

The City of Ferndale in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Minority and Women-Owned firms are encouraged to submit bids.

Susan Duncan

City Clerk – City of Ferndale

Work to Proceed on the Thornton Street Overpass Project

The City is working with Strider Construction Co., Inc. to proceed with the Thornton Street Overpass Project.  Work could begin as early as this week. 

The Thornton Street Overpass, which will provide a vital transportation corridor for our community is determined to be an essential project and not subject to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. The start of work was initially anticipated on April 6th, but was not begun so both the City and the Contractor could address how best to safely move forward with the project. 

“This project is a must-have for Ferndale,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. “I am relieved that we have a pathway to proceed with construction in a safe and responsible way.” The project will be utilizing appropriate social distancing, sanitation, and other life-safety practices. 

Initial construction will include utility improvements, and earthen wall embankments leading up to the overpass needed to clear BNSF’s tracks, ahead of the planned the bridge structure and road improvements.  Because of the pre-loading needed to stabilize and compress the soils beneath the embankments leading up to the bridge, the construction phase of the project will stretch across multiple construction seasons to allow sufficient time for the soils to settle and compact.  After the settlement period, construction on the bridge structure can begin.  The City is anticipating a 3-year construction period, with completion estimated in 2023. 

For more details on the Thornton Street Overpass, visit or follow the hashtag #ThorntonOverpass. For questions, please contact Capital Projects Manager Katy Radder at (360) 685-2377 or

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