- Contractor crews completed the bridge deck in December.
- Crews will have to wait for warmer weather to complete final paving up to the edge of the new bridge.
- During construction SR 11 remains open to drivers. We built a short section of temporary roadway next to SR 11 to help keep drivers moving.
- We have posted aerial diagrams of the construction area and staging on Flickr.
We are building a bridge along Fairhaven Parkway (SR 11) in the vicinity of 20th Street for Padden Creek. We continue coordinating closely with the city of Bellingham because they are developing a project to remove Padden Creek from a tunnel that the creek currently runs through. They want to open the creek to the daylight.
Why is WSDOT
building a bridge?
Approximately 2,200 feet of Padden Creek runs through a brick tunnel that was built circa 1892. A small stretch of that tunnel runs beneath our highway. The tunnel is barrier for fish. We'll build a bridge along Fairhaven Parkway for the creek to pass beneath.
The End Result
In cooperation with the city, we will build a bridge so that the city can get the creek out of the tunnel and back into a natural streambed.
Removing the old brick tunnel and replacing it with a shorter bridge will be a dramatic improvement for the environment, especially fish.
What is the project timeline?
Construction began in May 2013 and is expected to be completed by spring 2014.
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Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
Communications Dave Chesson
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98233
Project Engineer Chris Damitio
460 Stuart Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
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