I-5 & SR 548 - Tributaries to California Creek - Fish Passage - Complete October 2020

Overview

During spring and summer 2020, we replaced four culverts in the area of I-5 and SR 548 north of Ferndale. The old culverts were narrow and kept fish from continuing to spawning grounds upstream.

To complete the work, our contractor built a bypass between the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5, then shifted traffic to have space to safely remove old culverts and install larger box culverts. The crews also replaced a culvert under Zell Road, just east of I-5. Finally, they replaced a culvert under SR 548 at Portal Way.

How you benefit

Environmental: This project opened access to an additional 6.5 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for coho salmon, steelhead, trout and other aquatic species.

Funding

This $11.5 million project was paid for with Connecting Washington and pre-existing funds.

Contact

Northwest Region Communications
15700 Dayton Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133
206-440-4697
nwpublicaffairs@wsdot.wa.gov

 

A small map of the I-5 and SR 548 Tributaries to California Creek Fish Passage project areas.
SR 548 Tributaries to California Creek Fish Passage project area.