We replaced the Gallup Creek bridge in Glacier with a longer, taller bridge to improve stream quality, fish habitat and safety for drivers.
The new bridge was built to current WSDOT safety standards. The design and location will reduce flooding problems. The new bridge should also reduce the risk that the road will close because of flooding.
| Protects Environment
The Gallup Creek Bridge is referred to as a chronic environmental deficiency. Chronic environmental deficiencies are locations along the state highway system where recent, frequent, and chronic maintenance repairs to the state transportation system are causing impacts to fish and fish habitat.
In 2002, we established a partnership (Memorandum of Agreement) with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to move away from the repetitive repair of our roads and instead, concentrate on long-term solutions that will optimize the improvements for fish and fish habitat, while also addressing transportation needs.
We make every effort to assess and minimize environmental impacts from our projects. During project design, we worked to reduce the impact to wetlands, creeks and rivers that could be in the project area.
| Economic Incentive
Each time the water level rises, there is an increased risk that the creek will flood across Mount Baker Highway and cause damage to the bridge and highway.
The best we can do during a storm is use a backhoe to make sure that debris isn't building up against the bridge and that the water continues to flow under the bridge. This is not the ideal way to maintain the bridge or creek.
It is costly for maintenance crews to repeatedly have to try and maintain water flow during heavy rain storms and also takes crews away from other weather-related emergencies.
Partnerships & Cooperation
We worked with multiple agencies during the planning, design and construction of this project. We also worked with the local community and business interests on a regular basis to keep them informed of construction activities.
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|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
This project is also funded through the following source:
- Glacier Water District - $138,000
Communications Dustin Terpening
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98233-3415
Project Engineer Chris Damitio
460 Stuart Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
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