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Fish habitat enhancement closes section of Hwy. 9

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Fish habitat enhancement closes section of Hwy. 9

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

A project to enhance fish habitat on a creek near the Whatcom/Skagit county line will cause a few weeks of traffic delays and closures on Highway 9.

A culvert underneath the highway is too shallow and fast for many fish to make it upstream.

Shane Spahr with the Washington State Department of Transportation says the new culvert will allow fish to spawn further up the N.P. Creek, a tributary of the Samish River.

Shane Spahr on culvert

Single lane closures will begin Monday, July 15 and continue through the end of the month.

The entire highway will be closed between Royer Street and N.P. Road Friday, July 19 through Monday, July 22 as crews put the new culvert in place.