SR 542 - Hedrick Creek - Fish Barrier

Project news

  • Crews from Strider Construction have nearly completed work on this two season project.
  • Occasional daytime lane closures may occur as they finish final pieces of work. Those closures will be scheduled to limit the delays for ski traffic.

This project will help improve fish habitat in Hedrick Creek. In 2017, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Strider Construction built a new bridge for SR 542 travelers over Hedrick Creek. In 2018 they'll work to rebuild the stream bed underneath that 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?
During the 2017 construction season, drivers who used SR 542, west of Glacier, encountered a single lane reduction between May and October 2017. Temporary stoplights alternated traffic through a bypass lane. During 2018 work, people who drive or cycle this stretch will use the new bridge and will encounter minimal lane closures as most work will happen under the highway.

What have crews accomplished?
Using six 200-foot concrete girders, WSDOT contractor crews from Strider Construction built a new 40-foot-wide bridge over Hedrick Creek. They moved traffic onto that new bridge in fall 2017. 

What's next?
In summer 2018 Strider Construction crews will restore the creek bed, under the new bridge, through Hedrick Creek. 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.

Needs & 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.


  • 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.
  • Summer 2018 - Crews work to restore creek bed.
  • Fall 2018 - Project is finished.


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) $6,986
CWA $0
Total $6,986


Andrea Petrich

Gabe Ng
Project Engineer

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August work on Hedrick Creek project

Crews used six 200-foot girders to build the new SR 542 bridge over Hedrick Creek.