Arroyo Bridge

The consultant engineer is currently finalizing the permits and the construction documents. The bridge supports and superstructure are broken at the existing stone abutment and new steel/I-beam stringers will be part of the repair from the existing stone abutment to the North bank, as well as new decking and hand railing on the entire bridge. The construction process is complicated due to the location and requires upgrades to Arroyo bridge #7 – which is the wooden bridge along the trail. This bridge is already in need of repair and will be further ‘damaged’ with the construction activity.

Also, the project requires multiple permits at the Federal, State and City levels:

  • City of Bellingham – State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  • City of Bellingham – Shoreline Development Permit Exemption (SDP, Type II)
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) – Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Section 404/10 Permit (Nationwide Permit (NWP) #3 – Maintenance)
  • USACE Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA)
  • Certification and Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Consistency Determination

We are currently in the salmon/fish spawning window which does not allow for construction activities to take place in that area.

It is recommended to access the park from the Chuckanut Trail Head Parking lot on Chuckanut Drive and the construction of the new bridge is planned to be finished in June/July 2022.


$500,000 in Greenway Levy Funds


Pending permit approvals.

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