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SR 542 - Hedrick Creek - Fish Barrier


April 2017

  • Strider Construction from Bellingham was awarded the contract for this project.
  • Work is expected to start on Monday, May 15.
  • You can sign up for Hedrick Creek project email updates through our Highway 542 information listserve.

This project will help improve fish habitat in Hedrick Creek by removing an old narrow culvert and replacing it with a new bridge.

Why is WSDOT building a new fish passage?
WSDOT has been working for years to reconnect streams and keep our waterways healthy. This project supports those efforts, creating a wider space for fish to pass under the road and meets legal responsibility following an 2013 U.S. District Court injunction to speed up this effort.

How will this project affect me?
Drivers who use SR 542 will encounter a single lane reduction starting in May and lasting until October 2017. Just west of Glacier drivers will see temporary stoplights that will alternate traffic through a bypass lane. This lane reduction could mean some minimal delays during peak travel times.

What work is being done?
WSDOT contractor crews will remove some trees and do preconstruction utility work in March. Once that is done, crews will build a bypass lane just north of SR 542. When that is finished they will put traffic control in place to direct drivers onto that bypass. They can then demolish the small stretch of highway and build a new 40-foot-wide bridge over Hedrick Creek.

When the bridge is built, crews will move traffic onto it and suspend work for the winter.

In late spring 2018 contractor crews will be back at Hedrick Creek to restore the creek bed. This work will take most of the summer but should have a minimal effect on drivers or cyclists using SR 542.

You can see photos of the area and follow the construction progress though our Hedrick Creek Flickr album.

The End Result
When the project is finished, it will provide Mount Baker Highway neighbors and travelers with a new bridge deck on SR 542 and open up more than 3,000 feet of additional Chinook and Steelhead habitat. It also helps WSDOT meet deadlines in its six-year fish passage project plan.

Project Benefits
Removing the current culvert and building a new bridge will:

  • Improve Chinook and Steelhead passage.
  • Help restore historical fish migration patterns.
  • Create a more inviting area for wildlife.
  • Improve safety for travelers by providing animals a larger area to pass under the road instead of over it.

What is the project timeline?
March 2017 - Tree removal.
Spring 2017 - Project begins, bypass lane construction starts.
Fall 2017 - Travelers are moved off of the bypass lane onto the new bridge.
Spring 2018 - Crews start to build the new fish passage.
Fall 2018 - Project is finished.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 154231J
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $6,665
CWA $0
Total $6,665

How can I get more information?
Andrea Petrich

Gabe Ng
Project Engineer

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