This project is part of WSDOT's ongoing Fish Passage Barrier Removal Program where construction projects remove barriers to fish. The Chico Way/State Route 3 interchange has several barriers to fish under both directions of SR 3 and under the highway's southbound on- and off-ramps. This construction project will build replicated natural streambeds for Chico Creek and a tributary to Chico Creek.
What to expect
As soon as 9 a.m. Monday, July 11, the Chico Way Northwest on-ramp to southbound SR 3 will close for up to one year. A signed detour will be provided. Depending on work progress, the closure could be rescheduled to a later date.
The closure will allow crews to build the new onramp. The new onramp will be able to reach a new bridge under construction on SR 3. The new bridge will carry SR 3 over a relocated section of Chico Creek. The new ramp will open to travelers in less than a year.
A second bridge is also under construction on Chico Way Northwest itself. Southbound SR 3 travelers exiting to Chico Way Northwest must turn right, or south toward Bremerton. Drivers cannot turn left, or north to Silverdale. This change will be in place through spring 2023.
Travelers using the interchange can expect regular night ramp closures. The Chico Way on-ramp to southbound SR 3 closes at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day. Northbound SR 3 exit to Chico Way closes at 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day. During weekend mornings, ramps reopen as late at 10 a.m. SR 3 single lane closures begin as early as 7 p.m.
Location of SR 3 Chico Creek fish barrier removal project.