Traffic Update

Traffic Update:
When?         12/19 – 12/21/17, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where?        Gate 9 entrance to Polo Park Dr. and northwest on Polo Park (map below)

What?           Roadwork and boring underground to replace failing Puget Sound Energy line.                         Traffic will be slowed to one-way. Please watch for signs and follow instructions                         from flaggers. Please use caution in this area for the safety of road crews.                                     Thank you for your patience as we work with utility agencies and engineers to                            improve your access to services.

Traffic Update Gates 3 and 5

Traffic Update

When?                In the next two weeks (M-F, 8am-4:30pm, through 12/22)

Where?               Entrances of Gates 3 and 5

What?                 Traffic control devices will be placed to demonstrate a grade change from the road to the immediate shoulder.  First, temporary indicators will be used.  Over the course of the next two weeks, we will complete permanent installation of indicators involving a cement pour.  The below is an example of temporary (left) and permanent (right) indicators.  Thank you for following signs and directions from flaggers as we work to complete this project to help preserve our roadways and contribute to driver safety.


Icy Roads and Bad Weather Basics

Ice on the ground!  Go slow, be safe and sound!

Good day to you all in Sudden Valley.  This morning, I saw ice on the ground heading into work and caught some black ice with my tires twice within the last week.  Thought we’d take a moment to share some Bad Weather Basics (where to find info, how we respond to snow/ice events, bus schedule changes, etc.).  Please click here for the SVCA Bad Weather Basics.

Please remember, even though we’re experiencing good weather (knock on wood), it’s below freezing at night and lots of fog settles in our area.  This makes for very icy roads in the morning.  Please include extra time in your commute and remember to allow for longer required distances to break to a stop or slow for a turn.  More useful information is in our Bad Weather Basics.

Facilities Use Update

When?                 12/4/17, from about 7:30pm-9pm

Where?                 Baseball field in recreation corridor (near walking route from Club House to Dance Barn)

What?                  South Whatcom Fire Authority and Airlift NW (an air ambulance company) will practice landing and orienting crews.  There will be approximately 30 emergency response personnel present for the training.  Please respect their established boundaries and keep a very safe distance away.  The small helicopter will land and immediately shutdown, so there will not be ongoing engine noise for the duration.  The engine will sound again as they prepare for liftoff to terminate the training session.  Thank you for your patience as crews train to prepare for inevitable emergency responses in our area.

YMCA Ceasing Operations in Sudden Valley

The Whatcom Family YMCA has notified their Sudden Valley employees that it will cease operations in the Valley on February 1st. Sudden Valley Community Association and the YMCA will work together during the wind down period to ensure a smooth transition and least disruption to members. The YMCA intends to continue ongoing programs until their last day of service on January 31st.

The YMCA and Sudden Valley are working together to formulate a mutually beneficial plan for supporting the 2018 Sudden Valley summer pool operation.  

The SVCA Board of Directors was informed of this action in closed session last night Thursday November 30th.  Plans for pool and recreation services are a high priority for the Board which will begin preparing options at the December Finance Committee Meeting on Wednesday December 6th  in the MPR at 6:30, followed by a Board discussion on Thursday December 14th in the Fire Hall.  Members input is appreciated.

Additional details will be forthcoming as information develops

Traffic Update

When?                 11/29/17 (from 1-3 hours between 8am & 4pm)

Where?                 Near 10 Rocky Ridge

What?                  Contractors will be using large trucks with trusses to move supplies for a new home in the area.  Please, follow instructions of flaggers and posted signs.

We appreciate your patience as crews work to build a new home for a member.

Traffic Update

Where?   High Cliff Ln. and White Mountain Ln.

What?    Tree down across both lanes.  Please use an alternate route to the northern most area of High Cliff Ln. As there are alternate routes open for emergency vehicles, the obstruction will be cleared in the safety of daylight tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience as we work to keep the roads clear.

Solar Lighting Evaluation

SVCA has installed a solar parking lot light at the Rotunda mailbox site to evaluate the feasibility of using this type of lighting at other locations. The light is designed to be used in the norther tier areas of the US. It is programed to automatically come on during low light evenings and remain on for six hours. In the case of the Rotunda solar light, the evening “on” setting is 5:00 PM and then turns off 11:00 PM to conserve the batteries. An addional feature includes a motion sensor that will turn the light on for a brief time after the six hours “on” cycle.

Residents are encouraged to stop by and view the solar light in operation and then let us know what your thoughts are for using these in other locations. Comments can be e-mailed to