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Birch Bay-Lynden Road reopened after wash-out at California Creek

Scene of road washout at Birch Bay-Lynden Road over California Creek (November 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News
Scene of road washout at Birch Bay-Lynden Road over California Creek (November 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

BLAINE, Wash. — Whatcom County Public Works announced today, February 18th, that they have reopened Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

A section of road east of Ham Road was washed out during the mid-November heavy rains in 2021 that resulted in disastrous flooding across the county.

The wash-out occurred as a 12-foot culvert for California Creek failed, washing out a 40-foot section of Birch Bay Lynden Road leaving the guardrail hanging in the air above the creek.  

The road is being reopened after completion of an emergency culvert replacement project and permanent repairs are being planned for a later date.

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Approximate location where road was washed out

One Comment

  1. Mayor of the night February 18, 2022

    Maybe if County had done an ounce of prevention, instead of a pound of cure… We could spend the money on up-grade slater road before rains cause back up on interstate 5 again.

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