Bainbridge Island: Fish passage improvement work begins on SR 305

Work begins Aug. 8 to replace Murden Creek culvert with new bridge

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Work begins soon on a fish barrier removal project on Bainbridge Island. The project will focus on Murden Creek under State Route 305.

Crews are scheduled to begin work Monday, Aug. 8, near Sportsmen Club Road Northeast. Travelers will generally see construction during daytime hours each weekday.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will keep travelers moving throughout the construction. Crews will build a temporary two-lane bypass road. The bypass road will create a work zone to rebuild the stream. The culvert will be replaced with a new 120-foot-long bridge.

"SR 305 is a busy and critical link on Bainbridge Island, so we plan to maintain two-way traffic during this work," WSDOT Project Engineer Amy Amos said. "We appreciate everyone staying alert in the work zone as we work to remove barriers to fish."

Replacing the culvert with new a new bridge removes barriers to fish and increases the likelihood of migration in a more natural creek environment. The project will allow WSDOT to make progress on a federal court injunction. To help protect habitat, the in-water work can only be done during specific established time frames.

Drivers can get real-time traveler information on the WSDOT app. Travelers are encouraged to sign up for email updates for major roadwork on state highways in Kitsap County.

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