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Crews set to replace US 101 culvert near Sequim

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:46

Shari King, communications, 360-704-3270 

SEQUIM – Work to replace the 1950s-era Matriotti Creek culvert under US 101 could mean some delays for Clallam County travelers.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin work at the end of July to remove an aging culvert and install a large box culvert, which will improve fish passage and open access to upstream habitat.

“This work goes a long way to help open stream access for fish habitat,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Chris Bruning. “At the same time, replacing culverts means closing lanes and detouring traffic, and we understand this will be an inconvenience.”

Commuters in the area can anticipate delays starting on Monday, July 31, as crews reduce US 101 to one lane in each direction and drop the speed limit to 40 mph through the construction zone. The around-the-clock lane restrictions will be in place through the duration of the project.

WSDOT encourages people to plan ahead for delays during this work, which must be done during the seasonal “fish window,” an environmentally-permitted timeframe that reduces construction-related impacts to fish. This project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017.

The $2.7 million project is part of WSDOT’s efforts to comply with a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling that requires the state to significantly increase efforts to remove state-owned culverts that act as a fish barrier. 

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