Two-week closure of SR 9 near Norway Park in Skagit County begins Aug. 22

Closure extends into Labor Day weekend, signed detours in place

LAKE MCMURRAY – People living and driving near Norway Park in Lake McMurray will need to prepare for an around-the-clock two-week closure of State Route 9 in both directions for fish passage work.

Faber Construction contractor crews, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, will close SR 9 at Norway Park Creek at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22. Signed detours will be in place during the closure, which is scheduled to end at 5 a.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

All through traffic on SR 9 will be detoured via SR 534, Interstate 5, and SR 538. Local SR 9 traffic between SR 534 and Pavilion Drive will not be affected.

Additional work at Lake Creek

In addition to the closure noted above, drivers will need to prepare for single lane alternating traffic on SR 9 at nearby Lake Creek to the south beginning Sept. 5.

  • Both directions of traffic on SR 9 near Lake Creek will use a single lane bypass road to get around closure.
  • Bypass road will be controlled by flaggers or a temporary signal, 24 hours a day.
  • Temporary configuration to last for 26 days.

What is happening

Crews are building two new passable fish structures under SR 9 at Lake Creek and Norway Park Creek. This project is part of WSDOT’s larger efforts to replace and restore fish structures that have been deemed impassable or are blocking fish’s natural abilities to move up and downstream.

A 2013 federal injunction requires the state to significantly increase the effort for removing state-owned culverts that block habitat for salmon and steelhead by 2030.

As of June 2022, WSDOT has corrected 100 injunction barrier culverts and improved access to 474 miles of blocked salmon and steelhead habitat. View some before and after photos of WSDOT’s correction sites on Flickr.

Plan ahead and stay up to date

People will need to prepare for delays in their travels during this time. The project is anticipated to be complete by October 2022.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and social media. Travelers can get the latest updates on schedule and detours for this work on the project webpage.

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.