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Fish passage improvement work begins on US 101 near Port Angeles

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 15:34

 Tina Werner, communications, 360-704-3270

Bagley and Siebert Creek culverts replaced with bridges

PORT ANGELES – Residents of the Olympic Peninsula will soon see contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation begin efforts to improve fish passage at Bagley and Siebert Creeks on US 101 between Sequim and Port Angeles.

Beginning as early as Monday, May 11, travelers will see crews at the job site and encounter reduced speed limits and shifted lanes through fall of 2021. Crews aim to remove five existing culverts; three that run underneath both directions of the US 101 at Bagley and Siebert Creeks, one along James Page Road and one along South Bagley Creek Road. This work is part of WSDOT’s efforts to improve fish migration impeded by state highways.

The $30.6 million project was awarded to Scarsella Brothers, Inc. in March. Replacing culverts with new full-span bridges or larger concrete-box culverts removes barriers to fish movement and increases the likelihood of migration in a more natural creek environment.

At Bagley Creek, crews will remove the existing, buried culvert and replace it with a 6-lane, concrete girder bridge accommodating two travel lanes in each direction plus auxiliary lanes. Siebert Creek already has a bridge that crosses the highway in the eastbound direction. As such, crews will remove the box culvert underneath westbound US 101 and span the creek with a concrete girder bridge.

Work will occur in phases and drivers will see construction crews primarily during weekdays during daytime hours for safety concerns. The contractor has submitted a safety plan to protect the health and safety of employees and the traveling public.

Travelers are encouraged to sign up for WSDOT email updates and follow nearby Clallam County construction and maintenance activities online.

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