This project removes and replaces an outdated culvert under US 101 west of Port Angeles at Indian Creek.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Contractor crews will remove the outdated culvert and replace it with a new 180-foot concrete girder bridge for improved fish migration.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.
What to expect
On Friday, April 1, crews switched US 101 traffic onto the temporary bypass bridge over Indian Creek. Travelers will use this bridge while construction of the new bridge is underway. A temporary signal will alternate traffic over the temporary 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.
Remember to slow down in work zones and watch for road crews.
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.