County council to vote on contract for Bay Road culvert replacement

Published on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County Council members are set to vote to on a contract with a Blaine-based construction company for a fish culvert replacement in Birch Bay.

Blaine’s Colacurcio Brothers, Inc., submitted a $416,789 bid for the project that will replace a fish culvert that lies underneath a section of Bay Road in Birch Bay. The new passage will allow salmon to spawn farther up California Creek.

County public works was awarded $470,000 in federal money to replace the current 30-inch culvert with a 12-foot passage. The federal grant will cover about 86 percent of the contract while the county will pay the rest, about $56,000, through its road fund. See the agenda bill posted below for more details.

Construction of the culvert will involve tearing up and replacing about 100 feet of road and digging a 30-foot deep hole, both of which will necessitate a complete closure of Bay Road for most of August. Local traffic will be diverted south to Grandview Road via Valley View Road.

The contract approval will be part of the council’s consent agenda, and will most likely be voted on simultaneously with a number of other items. The Whatcom County Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, June 19, in the council chambers in Bellingham. For the meeting’s full agenda, click here.

Whatcom County Council Agenda Bill Birch Bay Bay Road Culvert Replacement


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