Long term closure of SR 302 at Little Minter Creek begins Aug. 11

Minimum 9-day closure with two detours needed to install 2 culverts

PURDY – It is the final big push for a three-year project that opens habitat for native fish in Minter Creek and Little Minter Creek under State Route 302 near Purdy.

At 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, a 9-day closure of a section of State Route 302 at Little Minter Creek will begin. Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will install 2 large culverts to improve fish migration under the highway.

Detours for passenger vehicles and semi-trucks

During the around-the-clock closure, signed detours will be in place for both passenger vehicles and oversized semi-trucks.

  • Passenger vehicles will follow a detour between 118th Avenue Northwest and 134th Avenue Northwest.
  • Semi-trucks and oversized loads will follow a separate detour using SR 302, SR 3 and SR 16, adding approximately 25 minutes of travel time.

Travelers can view the detour routes on a YouTube video prepared by WSDOT.

Once the culverts are installed and the roadway reopens at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, drivers can expect to see alternating one-way traffic resume until the project is complete.

Key Peninsula travelers are encouraged to sign up for email updates. Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.