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Posted on: June 16, 2023

County Council Announces Special Meeting to Discuss Orcas Island’s Bayhead Creek Culvert Replacement

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Previously, the Council was scheduled to address this project at the June 27 meeting. Due to project time constraints, the Council felt it necessary to discuss the project sooner than the 27. The public is invited to provide comment during the public access time at the beginning of the meeting. 

Meeting Information:


The County published a list of answers to frequently asked questions, available on the County’s website: 

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. 

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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