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SR 11 - Padden Creek - Fish Barrier Removal


February 2015

  • The project was operationally complete on May 1, 2014. Operationally complete means the roadway is open and the majority of the work is finished.
  • All work on the project now is finished. 

We built 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 have built a bridge along Fairhaven Parkway for the creek to pass beneath. 

The End Result
In cooperation with the city, we built a bridge so that the city can get the creek out of the tunnel and back into a natural streambed.

Project Benefits
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?
May 2013: Construction began.
May 1, 2014: The project was operationally complete.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 101120D
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $1,278
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $1,589
Total $2,867

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

How can I get more information?
Communications Tom Pearce
15700 Dayton Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133
Phone: 206-440-4696

Project Engineer Chris Damitio 
460 Stuart Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

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