The Peace Portal Trail is an exciting project that will create a scenic pedestrian alternative from the U.S. – Canadian border to the city limits.
“The trail is subtly transforming how people travel to and through Blaine”, Public Works Director Ravyn Whitewolf said. “It is beautiful, convenient, and safe.”
The Peace Portal Community Trail will also create new opportunities for visitors. As a segment of the forthcoming Coast Millennium Trail, it will provide bikers and walkers from as far as Vancouver and Seattle with a fun and convenient way to access Blaine.
Funding for the trail is provided in part by a grant from state and federal funds in addition to matching funds from a special taxing district created by the Blaine City Council.
The first phase of the project involved the construction of an asphalt trail from Cherry Street to Bayview Avenue; the second recently extended the trail from Bayview to Hughes Avenue. In addition, the city recently obtained money towards phase 3 for the 2023 funding cycle.
Related to this project are a series of improvements to Hughes Avenue. The intersection of that street and Peace Portal Drive experiences significant truck traffic and is skewed in a way that hampers turning, creating a hazard for motorists. Improvements to this area will rectify the intersection challenges, provide pedestrian facilities on the north side of the street and improve pavement so that it better holds up to truck traffic. The road is slated to be open to traffic by September 2019.