SR 9 - Tawes Creek and Two Tributaries to Tawes Creek - Fish Passage

Project news

Needs & benefits

In 2019, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews will remove three fish barriers under State Route 9 in the community of Van Zandt in Whatcom County. The small round culverts currently in Tawes Creeks, and two of its tributaries, have too steep of a slope, too much distance between the culvert and the water for fish to jump through, and the water is too swift for fish to easily swim through.

Crews will remove and replace the Tawes Creek culvert with a 20-foot bridge. The existing culverts on the two tributaries will be replaced with larger, 12-foot wide, box culverts.
This fish passage improvement work will open up more than 11,000 feet of additional habitat for steelhead, chum, Coho, sockeye salmon, and resident and Searun Cutthroat trout.

When completed, the bridge and new culverts will help restore the creek bed to a natural state, improve fish passage in this area, and comply with a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling.

What travelers should expect

An average of 2,600 people drive this stretch each day. Travelers will encounter flaggers near one work zone and a temporary bypass lane at the other. People commuting through this area should plan extra travel time during the morning and afternoon peak commutes.

Timeline

January 2019: Project advertised for competitive bidding.
July 2019: Construction begins.
Fall 2019: Construction complete.

Funding

Financial Data for PIN 100948K, 100948L
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $505
CWA $4,732
Total $5,237

Contact

Frances Fedoriska
Communications
206-440-4690
FedoriF@wsdot.wa.gov

Andrea E. Petrich
Communications
360-757-5963
Andrea.Petrich@wsdot.wa.gov

Gabe Ng
Project Engineer
360-788-7403
NgGabe@wsdot.wa.gov

A small map of the area on SR 9 in Van Zandt where crews will upgrade fish culvert through Tawes Creek and two of its tributaries.

A small map of the area on SR 9 in Van Zandt where crews will upgrade fish culvert through Tawes Creek and two of its tributaries.
 

A small photo of Tawes Creek and the current culvert under SR 9 in Van Zandt.

A small photo of Tawes Creek and the current culvert under SR 9 in Van Zandt.
 

A small photo of the fish barrier culvert where the south tributary flows to Tawes Creek under SR 9 in Van Zandt.

A small photo of the fish barrier culvert where the south tributary flows to Tawes Creek under SR 9 in Van Zandt.