This 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
preconstruction video to learn more about the purpose and plan for this
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.
Accomplishments: Construction began June 8, 2015. Work
on the creek has occurred between 20th and 22nd streets. The new channel has
been cleared, excavated, and habitat structures such as large woody debris
has been placed.
Next Milestones: Continue creek building west of 20th Street, under I-5, to the western terminus near 17th Street. Watermain work will begin on 20th and 22nd streets to make way for the new stream channel. Construction estimated to be complete in October of 2015. Tree plantings will occur throughout the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016 to ensure revegetation of the area. A community celebration will be held once the project is complete.
Happy Valley, South
Craig Mueller, P.E.
Phone: (360) 778-7922
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