SR 8 - Middle and East Forks Wildcat Creek - Remove Fish Barriers - Complete October 2018

Project News

  • Construction to replace outdated culverts that run under SR 8 with four new bridges is complete. Traffic has been routed into its final configuration, shifting traffic onto the new bridges built for improved fish passage. The speed limit has been restored to 60 mph. 
  • Remaining work includes vegetation which will require daytime shoulder closures. 
  • WSDOT anticipates being out of the area for good by the end of the year, nearly six months ahead of schedule.

Why is WSDOT correcting fish passage barriers under State Route 8 in McCleary?

Correcting fish passage barriers is an important part of the state's efforts to protect and restore fish runs negatively affected by outdated culverts under state highways. 

In 2013, a federal court injunction required the state to significantly increase the state’s efforts in removing state-owned culverts that block habitat for salmon and steelhead.

WSDOT will replace outdated culverts under State Route 8 to improve fish passage for Middle and East Fork Wildcat Creek.

Replacing the culverts with new full span bridges will remove fish-passage barriers and open fish habitat. Fish will be able to pass through this portion of the creek easier as the water will be slower and the bridges will span a more natural creek environment.

Middle Fork
The existing culvert carrying Middle Fork will be replaced with two bridges that are approximately 110 feet long.

East Fork
The existing culvert carrying East Fork will be replaced with two bridges that are about 160 feet long.

Due to the extensive work required, this project will occur over a two-year period. All in-stream work will occur during an approved timeframe to minimize impacts to fish.

The End Result

This project will improve fish habitat by slowing the velocity of the streams at the culvert sites.

The existing stream channel will be graded to simulate a natural stream bed. The work in both locations will open up miles of potential upstream habitat.

Needs & benefits

This project will eliminate barriers for fish and open potential upstream habitat.

The work will simulate what is found in a natural stream bed.


  • Dec. 2016 - Project awarded to Ceccanti, Inc
  • Spring 2017 - Project begins construction
  • Oct. 2018 - Project complete


Financial Data for PIN 300817A, 300817B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)

  • Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) - $2,610
  • CWA - $14,625
  • Total - $17,235


John Romero
WSDOT Project Engineer

Tina Werner
WSDOT Communications
(360) 704-3270

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