US 101 - Coffee Creek - Remove Fish Barrier

Project news

  • Both the Shelton-Matlock Road on-ramp to southbound US 101 and the southbound US 101 exit to Shelton-Matlock Road are open to travel.
  • On Monday, Aug. 31, construction crews had closed both ramps to finish paving and installing permanent lighting, pavement markings and guardrail.
  • While remaining work activities continue off the roadway, reopening the ramps mark the last major construction milestone for this project. 


Why is WSDOT removing barriers to fish on Coffee Creek?

WSDOT is under a federal court injunction to remove state-owned culverts that block habitat for salmon and steelhead. Coffee Creek currently has several barriers to fish as the creek flows under both directions of US 101 as well as both on- and off-ramps at the US 101/West Shelton/Matlock interchange.

The End Result

In this project, crews will improve fish habitat by realigning Coffee Creek on a relatively parallel path west of US 101, under West Shelton Matlock Road and into Goldsborough Creek. Crews will also improve driver access to/from US 101 by changing the alignment of the ramps at that location.

Needs & benefits

The existing stream channel will be graded to simulate a natural streambed and will open over 13 miles of potential upstream habitat for salmon and steelhead. This habitat improvement will be accomplished by slowing the velocity of the stream during times of high water and providing a deeper channel during times of low flowing water.

Additionally, native vegetation will be planted along the stream banks to restore a natural stream environment.

In addition, crews will also make interchange enhancements to the southbound US 101 exit to City Center/Matlock and the West Shelton Matlock Road on-ramp to southbound US 101. Both ramps were rebuilt into a diamond interchange similar to both the northbound US 101 exit and on-ramp.


Preliminary design - winter 2018
Construction - summer 2019
Project completion - Late fall 2020


Financial Data for PIN 310195H
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $9,475
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $9,946
CWA $0
Total $19,421


John Romero
WSDOT Project Engineer's Office 

Doug Adamson
WSDOT Media Relations 

US 101-Coffee Creek-Remove Fish Barrier - Project vicinity map