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SR 11 - Padden Creek - Fish Barrier Removal


April 2014

  • Final paving work is slated to begin in mid- to late April 2014. The work is weather dependent.
  • Contractor crews completed the bridge deck in December.
  • 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.

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?
Construction began in May 2013 and is expected to be completed by spring 2014.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 101120D
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $1,253
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $1,614
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 Dave Chesson 
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98233
Phone: 360-757-5997

Project Engineer Chris Damitio 
460 Stuart Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

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