SR 16 - Anderson Creek Tributary to Sinclair Inlet - Remove Fish Barriers - Project Fast Facts

Why can't the work be done during night hours?
The hole being created in the roadway is so large that the lanes cannot be restored overnight.

Are we making any accommodations to detour routes, such as looking at signal timing or involving law enforcement?
WSDOT has worked with the City of Port Orchard to determine the detour routes.

How is WSDOT accommodating emergency services?
Emergency services will know in advance of the approved detour route. WSDOT makes every effort to accommodate emergency services through standard construction zones, however the nature of this work will prevent passage of any vehicle, including emergency vehicles, when the highway is excavated.

How is WSDOT notifying tourists?
WSDOT will use social media tools. We will also install clearly marked detour signs and changeable electronic signs in key locations. Local chambers will be included on the distribution list.

Why is so much money being dedicated to removing fish barriers?
Washington state law requires the state to install and maintain all culverts, fishways and bridges to provide unrestricted fish passage. Most of the culverts were installed decades before scientists fully understood the needs of fish. WSDOT met all requirements for culvert installation and sizing at the time they were constructed.

It's important to note however, a culvert that was fish passable at the time of installation might have become a barrier over time due to changes in the landscape resulting from development, logging and fire. The new fish-friendly structures WSDOT constructs now are much larger and should be more resilient to changes in the landscape and provide for fish passage long into the future.

How much fish habitat is being gained in this project?
The habitat gain for this fish passage project is approximately one mile.

What types of fish are found in Anderson Creek?
Chinook and chum salmon are found in the creek.