A project to remove and replace several outdated culverts under US 101 in Port Angeles at Lees, Ennis and Tumwater Creeks is scheduled to begin in fall 2022. These three sites have been identified by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife as barriers to salmon migration and other resident fish species. WSDOT will replace the outdated culverts with buried bridges for improved fish migration in the streams below as part of a statewide fish barrier correction program.
What to expect
Travelers should expect delays, reduced speed limits and shifted lanes throughout construction. Much of the work will take place beneath the highway or outside of the travelled way. Work will take place around-the-clock with most construction occurring at night when traffic volumes are less.
However, east of town, at Lees and Ennis Creek (mileposts 250-250.5), there will be up to four, two-week periods where US 101 will be reduced to one lane in both directions for bridge girder delivery and installation. The exact closure dates will be shared when scheduled by the contractor.
Notably, US 101 at Tumwater Creek (milepost 246.4) near the Tumwater Truck Route will close completely to all travelers for up to 9 months to replace outdated culverts beneath the highway. The exact closure dates will be shared in advance once a contract is finalized. During construction at Tumwater Creek, travelers will detour using State 117/Marine Drive, a roughly 5-minute detour. WSDOT will coordinate closely with local agencies and emergency services in an effort to minimize delays and keep people move safely through the work zones.
Travelers are encouraged to plan extra time to their commute, consider alternate routes and watch for road crews in work zones.
Crews will correct barriers to salmon migration under US 101 at Lees, Ennis and Tumwater Creeks beginning in fall 2022.