Three culverts carrying tributaries to Hylebos Creek near Federal Way will be replaced with new structures under SR 161 that do not create a barrier to fish. This work builds on our commitment to remove fish barriers on streams that run under state highways.
What to expect
Replacing the culverts on SR 161 is projected to take about a year. It will likely require closing one direction of SR 161 around-the-clock for up to six months, with traffic shifted to the opposite side of the highway and reduced to one lane in each direction. There may be up to four weekends of full highway closures. There will also be nightly lane closures. More specific information about closures and when they will occur will be developed by the contractor and the public notified in advance.
This project is being combined into a single contract with two other fish passage projects on I-90, SR 202 and SR 203. Construction on the combined project is scheduled to occur from 2023-2026. Because of the multiple locations, we cannot specify at this time when the work will occur on SR 161.