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Drivers can expect a speed reduction on southbound I-5 lanes through south Bellingham for a month

View of Padden Creek work area via WSDOT traffic camera (June 8, 2021).

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) advise work to install a new fish passage will require directing traffic through 2 bypass lanes built in the median of I-5 through the work zone.

The work to replace Padden Creek fish passage under I-5 has been underway for several months. Beginning Sunday, June 13th, after 8pm, southbound traffic on I-5 will be directed onto 2 bypass lanes immediately south of the Old Fairhaven Parkway interchange.

While traffic is directed onto the bypass lanes, the speed limit for southbound traffic through the area will be reduced to 40mph for the safety of the crews working in the area as well as that of the traveling public.

Red line indicates approximate location of southbound I-5 median bypass lanes and speed reduction zone.

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Work to construct the fish passage bridge under the southbound lanes is expected to be finished by mid-July. Once work is completed, traffic is expected to return to the mainline lanes and the speed limit return to 60mph.

The work is being done to replace an existing concrete box culvert under the lanes of I-5 with fish passable bridges according to WSDOT.

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