Work in Little Minter Creek and SR 302 wraps up on Key Peninsula

Culvert project opens nearly 25 miles of potential fish habitat

PURDY – For the first time in three years, fish swimming upstream in Little Minter Creek are encountering fewer obstacles. The same can be said for travelers making their way through the work zone on State Route 302.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are putting the finishing touches on a three-year project to correct culverts that improve fish migration under State Route 302.

In the coming weeks, travelers on SR 302 near 118th Avenue Northwest will see occasional alternating one-way traffic during daytime hours from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while crews finish installing railing on top of the culverts and complete small work items.

Project history

Construction began in 2019 at nearby Minter Creek. Crews built a bypass road around the work zone to keep travelers moving. In 2021, crews finished up at Minter Creek and began work at Little Minter Creek. Following a delay in construction materials, this summer crews installed two new box culverts in Little Minter Creek.

WSDOT would like to thank travelers for their patience during this work.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.