Whatcom County Public Works is designing a water crossing structure on Birch Bay Lynden Road over California Creek to replace the temporary culverts installed under emergency conditions following the road failure in late 2021.
The existing 12-foot span corrugated metal pipe arch culvert failed and washed out the roadway during the November 2021 historic flooding events. Two temporary 10-foot diameter corrugated metal culverts were installed under emergency conditions following the road failure to restore essential traffic. The emergency repair will remain in place while a permanent repair project meeting current design and environmental regulatory requirements is developed and constructed.
Meet conditions of issued Emergency Permits
Improve fish passage
Improve safety and reduce risk to public infrastructure
This project qualifies for federal funding through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief (ER) Program. The emergency project is funded fully through federal ER funds and the permanent project is funded through a combination of federal ER funds and the Whatcom County Local Road Fund.