Fish barrier, begone! Critical salmon run near State Route 305 now open for fish migration

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – A 16-month effort to remove and replace a barrier to fish migration on State Route 305 on Bainbridge Island is now complete.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation recently wrapped up work at Murden Creek, an important salmon run for Bainbridge Island. The work improves access to 1.5 miles of potential fish habitat in Murden Creek, a tributary that flows into Murden Cove.

Since August 2022, crews have worked to remove a culvert beneath the highway that was insufficient for salmon, bull trout and steelhead migration into Murden Creek. Crews replaced the culvert with a new 120-foot-long bridge that allows the creek to flow naturally through the area. These improvements support the life cycle of every species of fish that spawns in the area.

The effort required a temporary bridge built around the work zone. Throughout the project, crews were able to keep both directions of traffic open on the highway.

This project was part of WSDOT’s program to remove barriers to fish under state highways.

Travelers can receive email updates about roadwork on state highways in Kitsap County. Real-time information is available via the WSDOT app and WSDOT Travel Center Map.

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