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Padden Creek Daylighting

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Project Overview: EV-0004

Padden Creek Daylighting Pre-constructionThis project involves re-routing 2,200 feet of Padden Creek from the existing brick tunnel into a natural stream channel to allow fish passage, improve habitat and reduce flooding.  WSDOT is removing the fish barrier by building a bridge in the vicinity of 20th Street. Watch the short informational preconstruction video to learn more about the purpose and plan for this project.

The first week the project limits will be surveyed and staked, equipment hauled in, and erosion control placement will begin. The Interurban Trail Rotary parking lot will be closed for the duration of the project, opening again in October 2015. The parking lot will be used as a staging area for construction. The Interurban trail itself will be closed from mid-June to late August to accommodate construction on that segment of the new creek between 16th and 20th streets. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to Old Fairhaven Parkway.

There are expected to be no road closures on Old Fairhaven Parkway from this project. However, haul trucks are to be expected through the project area and drivers should be alert for additional construction related traffic.

22nd Street between Old Fairhaven Parkway and Happy Court will be closed to thru traffic beginning in July for up to two months to facilitate installation of a culvert for the new creek. Local traffic will have access from the east and north.

Update - July 2015

Accomplishments: Creek building has been nearly completed between 20th and 22nd Streets, with excavation continuing on the south side of Old Fairhaven Parkway. Utilities have been rerouted, and bridge foundations poured for the new pedestrian bridge to the Interurban Trail.

Next Milestones: Creek building will continue on the south side of Old Fairhaven Parkway. 22nd Street will be closed from Old Fairhaven Parkway to Happy Court beginning August 10 to facilitate utility work and placement of a culvert bridge for the new Padden Creek channel. The closure may last for up to two months.

JARPA - Padden Creek Daylighting (PDF) August 2013

Open House #2 May 5, 2015  

Power Point Presentation (PDF)

Open House #1 June 4, 2013 

Affected Neighborhoods

Happy Valley, South

Project Manager

Craig Mueller, P.E.
Project Engineer
Phone: (360) 778-7922
Email Public Works

Project Details

Construction Photographs
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construction   digging for box culvert

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