South fork rafters, tubers have limited access near Potter Road bridge


VAN ZANDT - Access to a popular take-out area for rafters and tubers on the south fork Nooksack River will be limited this summer while construction crews work to replace the Potter Road bridge.

Contractor Scarsella Brothers Inc. has created a 10-foot-wide corridor to allow for rafters to safely exit the river.

Anyone found trespassing or parking on private property or in the construction zone will be ticketed, possibly arrested or have their vehicle towed.

Washington State Patrol and the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office will be patrolling the area.

The $6.4 million Whatcom County Public Works project began in May 2014. The one-lane Potter Road bridge has the lowest structural rating of any bridge in the county.

The new bridge will have two lanes when it is completed in November 2015.

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