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​Squalicum Creek (Phases 1 and 2 post-construction)

Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 and 4

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Overview: EV-0148 and EV-0156

​​The Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 and 4 habitat enhancement projects will build on two prior phases to address water quality and fish habitat impacts to Squalicum Creek by Bug Lake and surrounding development. Bug Lake, a man-made gravel borrow pit that was created during the construction of I-5, is currently the cause of the largest thermal-loading (i.e. heat) issues in Squalicum Creek. Because the pond is shallow and wide, it absorbs large amounts of solar heat, causing peaks in water temperature that are harmful to salmon.

This project involves restoring approximately 2/3 of Bug Lake to a forested wetland. The creek will flow through a historic channel south of the restored forested wetland, crossing under Squalicum Parkway in a new fish-passable culvert, and follow two remnant channels northwest to rejoin the current creek channel. ​

This project will:

  • Reduce stream temperatures;
  • Increase channel length, riparian cover, and riparian width west of Squalicum Parkway;
  • Restore riverine wetland to improve water quality functions; and,
  • Bypass a partial fish passage barrier at Squalicum Parkway.
Construction of this project is anticipated to begin in July 2020 and conclude in Decem​be​r 2020. Riparian planting will continue through February 2021. The most significant traffic impacts are expected for 2-3 weeks in July or August when Squalicum Parkway is reduced to one lane during the construction of a fish-passable culvert under the road. During this time, construction work will continue 24 hours a day, flaggers will be present and emergency vehicles will always be expedited. Beyond the culvert installation, there will be minor traffic impacts from an increased volume of haul trucks in the project area. ​

The Orchard ​Drive Extension, a new arterial under I-5 that will connect Squalicum Parkway with James Street and is in the same vicinity as this project, is scheduled to be built in 2021. This street will ultimately ease traffic congestion on Ellis Street and Sunset Drive around the hospit​al.​​

​Status - June 2020

Accomplishments: The project has been bid and awarded. 

Next Milestone: Project construction is anticipated to begin July 13, 2020 to coincide with our regulatory fish window.  

Supporting Documents

Project Details​​

  • Status - Construction
  • Contract Awarded - June 2020
  • Contract Amount - $1,767,726
  • Contractor - Tiger Construction​
  • Vicinity ​Map

Affected Neighborhoods

    Cornwall Park; King Mountain

Participating Departments

    Public Works


​Craig Mueller, P.E.
Project Engineer
Public Works Department, Engineering
(360) 778-7922, camueller@cob.org ​​

Analiese Burns, Project Manager
Habitat and Restoration Manager
Public Works Department, Natural Resources
(360) 778-7968, acburns@cob.org ​