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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions

Posted on: January 31, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Update on Roads Damaged in the November Floods

Updated Feb. 2, 2022

Birch Bay Lynden Road - Closed just east of intersection with Ham Road at California Creek.

  • Damage: During the Veteran’s Day storm event the existing 12-foot culvert which carries California Creek under Birch Bay Lynden Road failed, washing out an entire 40-foot section of Birch Bay Lynden Road.
  • Repairs/Status: A stretch of days without rain have lowered stream flows along California Creek and allowed crews to do in-water work this week.  RAM Construction installed two 10-foot diameter culverts and is working on removing the temporary stream diversion as well as building up the embankment around the pipes.  Utility work to replace the waterline damaged when the road washed out will be coordinated in the coming weeks. In the meantime RAM will continue to build up the embankment in preparation to rebuild the roadway. It is anticipated that the road will reopen by March.
  • Additional Repairs Needed: Permanent repairs including design, permitting, and ROW will follow at a later date. 

South Pass Road - Closed approximately 0.1 miles east of North Pass Road.  

  • Damage: A landslide caused significant pavement damage. 
  • Repairs/Status: Our contractor, Tiger Construction, is in the process of placing over 200 geofoam blocks to stabilize the hillside. They have already dug down more than 10’ below the roadway and removed the dirt from that area they are now putting in the geofoam blocks where the dirt used to be to stabilize the area. Crews have also added drainage to better channel the water coming down the hillside. We hope to reopen the road to single-lane traffic by the end of February. 
  • Additional Repairs Needed: Whatcom County will continue to coordinate with geotechnical engineering consultants to determine what the best solution is for a permanent repair to the roadway and embankment.

Goshen Road - Closed approximately 500-feet west of Roberts Road.

  • Damage: A steep slope along the north side of Goshen Road failed. There was significant damage to the adjacent 100-ft of roadway. 
  • Repairs/Status: 
  • A temporary repair design by GeoEngineers has been completed. We anticipate being able to reopen the road for public access in mid-February.
  • Additional Repairs Needed: to be determined.

Drayton Harbor Road - We’re monitoring the roadway regularly and will keep it open as long as it is safe to do so. We will provide an update if we do need to close the road. The community should be prepared to use alternate routes if the road closes.   

North Fork Road - The road has been re-established close to its original location as a gravel road. Paving won't happen until spring. In the meantime, please avoid this route if at all possible. Use caution when driving on this gravel road and maintain a safe, slow speed.    

  • Additional Repairs Needed: Will be determined at a later date.

Mosquito Lake Road - Repaired and reopened on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Beach Avenue / Lummi Island - Reopened to emergency and service vehicles. We are developing a permanent roadway repair plan for construction at a future date.

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