This project is part of WSDOT's ongoing Fish Passage Barrier Removal Program where construction projects remove barriers to fish. The Chico Way/SR 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
The Chico Way Northwest on-ramp to southbound SR 3 is closed to all travelers around the clock. A signed detour is provided. The ramp will reopen spring 2023.
The closure will allow crews to build the new on-ramp. The new on-ramp 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.
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.