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Posted on: May 30, 2023

County to Begin Work on Orcas Island’s Bayhead Creek Culvert Replacement

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 31, 2023 – The County will begin a project to replace a culvert on Killebrew Lake Road, just east of Laporte Road. The FEMA-funded project will install a 12-foot-wide box culvert, specially designed to improve fish passage to Bayhead Creek and withstand significant storms. 

Work will begin on July 10 and continue for approximately two to three months. During this time, Killebrew Lake Road will be closed to through traffic. The detour route will be via Orcas Road, McNallie Lane, and Dolphin Bay Road.  

“This much-needed project updates our critical infrastructure, while prioritizing the health and vitality of our stream systems,” said Kendra Smith, the County’s Environmental Stewardship Director. “This is a great example of the County’s commitment to environmental stewardship through thoughtful engineering.”   Killebrew Lake Rd Closure

Project History:   

A storm in January of 2020 damaged the previous culvert under Killebrew Lake Road. With consultation from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), San Juan County immediately replaced the 24-inch culvert with the long-term goal of installing a more permanent, fish-passable culvert in the future. Now, the Public Works Department has contracted with Matia Contractors from Ferndale to install the new culvert. The project is funded by emergency response and replacement funds from FEMA.

Project Timeline: 

The project will begin July 10 and is expected to be completed by the end of September. 

Project Information: 

Construction work will occur during regular working hours with no work being done on the weekends. 

Contact: Jeff Sharp, Deputy County Engineer,, (360) 370-0509

About San Juan County’s Public Works Department:    

San Juan County’s Public Works Department constructs and maintains county roads. The department offices are located at 915 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Public Works Department, visit


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