Fish passage work at two creeks, paving coming for SR 7 in Pierce County

Project consolidates work, cuts costs  

EATONVILLE – More than five miles of State Route 7 will see construction between Eatonville and Spanaway into fall 2023. The project will remove two barriers to fish passage and repair miles of the highway surface. Combining projects will reduce the construction timeline and cut costs.

What to expect

Beginning Monday, May 1, travelers will see a work zone between SR 702 and 267th Street East. Preliminary work will replace worn asphalt. To create a fresh driving surface and preserve the highway, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove the top layer of the roadway before repaving. Travelers can expect day or night one-way alternating traffic during work hours.

Keeping people moving during fish barrier removal

Crews will also begin construction of two temporary bypass roads. One will be at 320th Street East and the other at 332nd Street East. After the temporary roads open, travelers will see a single lane of alternating traffic. The speed limit will be lowered to 25 mph.

The bypass roads keep people moving while crews remove culverts that are barriers to fish passage under state highways. Workers will build new structures that will improve access for fish at two unnamed tributaries to South Creek.

WSDOT encourages drivers to avoid distractions and reminds people traffic fines double in work zones.  

Pierce County travelers are encouraged to sign up for email updates. Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and real-time map.

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.