Construction has been underway since July 13 for the Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 and 4 habitat restoration project, a project that addresses water quality and habitat issues associated with man-made Bug Lake. The City is working with Tiger Construction on this project. Starting the week of September 8, Tiger Construction will construct a fish-passable culvert under Squalicum Parkway near where Squalicum Parkway becomes Birchwood Avenue, just north of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Squalicum Parkway will be reduced to one lane for up to 3 weeks while the culvert is installed.
During this time, construction work will continue 24 hours a day and flaggers will be present to direct traffic. Emergency vehicles and busses will always be expedited. Please consider avoiding this section of Squalicum Parkway during the culvert installation if possible. Expect delays if you do travel on Squalicum Parkway during this time.
Construction of the Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 and 4 project is expected to conclude by October 2020, with native vegetation planting continuing through February 2021. This construction schedule could change unexpectedly due to COVID-19 response. All contractors implementing City construction projects at this time are required to follow a health and safety plan for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
This project is funded by the City of Bellingham, Washington State Department of Ecology, United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board.