Bringing Padden Creek above ground after 120 years
In the early 1890’s, a half-mile of Padden Creek in the city of Bellingham, Washington, was routed into a tunnel to prepare for the construction of the Great Northern Railroad. The tunnel created a flooding risk and was a barrier for fish traveling upstream to spawn.
Today, more than 120 years later, Padden Creek is once again flowing above ground in a newly constructed channel.
Louis Berger’s Seattle team was contracted to restore the creek’s natural channel. The team coordinated with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Ecology to prepare the new channel’s construction.