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US 101 - Indian Creek - Remove Fish Barrier

Project overview

This project removes and replaces an outdated culvert under US 101 west of Port Angeles at Indian Creek. To keep traffic moving, crews constructed a temporary bypass bridge near the site as the new bridge over Indian Creek is built.

Contractor crews will remove the outdated culvert and replace it with a new 180-foot concrete girder bridge for improved fish migration. Once complete, the work in the channel will simulate what is found in a natural stream bed.

This project restores more than 11 miles in potential habitat gain for migratory species.

February 2022 - February 2023
Project status
$16.4 Million
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What to expect

Bridge girder installation was completed on Sept. 22 and the temporary bypass on US 101 was reopened to travelers. 

A temporary signal will alternate traffic over the bypass through late Fall 2022. Throughout construction, people should expect a reduced speed limit of 25 mph, shifted lanes, road crews working both day and night, and intermittent rolling slowdowns as heavy equipment enters and exits the highway.

A tributary to the Elwha River for salmon and other migratory species, Indian Creek has been identified by biologists as a barrier to fish passage.