Baker Avenue Underpass
Downtown Whitefish has a visitor-driven economy dependent on creating a pedestrian oriented setting. Improvements that help to enhance the downtown character achieve this pedestrian friendly environment include:
- Landscaped curb extensions (bump-outs)
- Pedestrian-scaled streetlights
- Well-defined crosswalks
- Widened sidewalks
The Baker Avenue Underpass is one of the important elements that has not been built yet, although it has been a priority project in city planning documents for more than a decade.
Secure & Welcoming Environment
The Baker Avenue Underpass is part of the "Whitefish Promenade" and provides a direct linkage between downtown and the Railway District west of Baker Avenue.
The design of the underpass will create a secure and welcoming environment that provides clear sightlines to and through the underpass. Bright, 24 hour lighting and security cameras linked to 24 hour surveillance will be included in the design.
The City of Whitefish has begun construction of the Baker Avenue Underpass! The construction contract was awarded to LHC, Inc. in the amount of $1,654,479.45 on 6/15/2020 and construction began on 9/8/2020. The project will be constructed in two phases in order to maintain two-way vehicular traffic over the viaduct. The first phase will involve the construction of the eastern ½ of the underpass and is expected to run into early October. The second phase will involve the construction of the western ½ of the viaduct. Work will continue until the project is complete, or winter conditions make it unrealistic to continue. The underpass is expected to be open to pedestrians by November 30, 2021, although final landscape restoration will likely take place in the spring of 2021