Crews to bolster Drayton Harbor

Published on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County public works has set in motion plans to repair a section of shoreline along Drayton Harbor later this year.
 
As bids have not yet gone out, no start date has been set, public works engineering manager Chris Brueske said.

No major traffic delays are expected on Drayton Harbor Road between Shintaffer and Harborview, but drivers can expect traffic flaggers for a few days once work starts, he said.

Once the job begins, crews will add gravel and cobble on the harbor side of the road to help prevent shoreline erosion, Brueske explained. The project is estimated to cost between $30,000 and $40,000.

This section of shoreline was first repaired in 2008 after a section of the road washed out after heavy winter weather and truck traffic, Brueske said. Logs, native plants and gravel were installed to prevent future erosion events, he said.

Public works will most likely have to perform maintenance on this section of shoreline every 12 to 18 months as the natural flow of the harbor slowly removes the gravel and cobble, Brueske said.