Salmon now swim freely under US 101 at Bagley and Siebert Creeks in Port Angeles

$36 million fish barrier correction project wraps up

PORT ANGELES – Guess who’s back? Salmon and resident fish species have returned to two creeks that run under US 101 in Port Angeles following a $36 million fish barrier correction project. Scarsella Brothers, Inc. crews working for Washington State Department of Transportation have completed work in Bagley and Siebert Creeks.

“As tributaries to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we know how important these channels are for spawning and migration,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Dan McKernan. “We appreciate the traveling public’s patience while construction was underway.”

Work at both locations opened 41 miles of potential upstream habitat for several migratory species, including salmon, bull trout and steelhead, as well as resident marine life.

Crews removed and replaced five outdated culverts as part of this project: two under US 101, two along James Page Road and one along South Bagley Creek Road. No additional lane closures are planned related to this work.

The project was completed on time and on budget.

A commitment to protecting the environment

Correcting fish passage barriers is an important part of the state’s efforts to protect and restore fish runs where culverts under state highways keep them from continuing upstream.

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, bull trout and steelhead.

14 fish passage projects were completed in 2020

improving access to 54.2 miles of upstream habitat.

11,959 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during second quarter of 2021, 15% more than same quarter in 2020.

41 Pre-existing Funds Projects Advertised

during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium.