SR 3 - Chico Creek - Remove Fish Barriers

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  • Update: Construction has been rescheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 27. 
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Needs & benefits

This work is part of WSDOT's Fish Passage Barrier Removal Program. WSDOT working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife identifies barriers to fish passage caused by inadequate culverts under state highways. Chico Creek has undersized culverts that serve as barriers to fish.

These barriers currently are under both directions of SR 3 and under the southbound SR 3 on- and off-ramps.

How will this work be done?
This project will use the Design-Build method of project delivery. Working under a single contract, the Design-Builder will both engineer and build the project.

WSDOT will work closely with the Design-Builder to help keep travelers moving during this work to remove the barriers to fish and build a replicated natural streambed for Chico Creek under SR 3.

The End Result
Removing the barriers to fish will make the stream more maneuverable for migrating fish by extending their usable habitat. The enhancements for Chico Creek at this location will improve access to 21 miles of potential habitat and build upon similar efforts by Kitsap County to remove barriers that impede fish migration.

In addition, the work will help preserve the integrity of the highway and reduce maintenance costs by reducing or eliminating the possibility of culvert blockages.


Winter 2019: Request for Proposals (RFP) issued
June 2020: Design-Build contract awarded to Guy F. Atkinson Construction
Fall 2021: Construction begins
Fall 2023: Project complete


Financial Data for PIN 300394A, 300398K
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $3,244
CWA $55,067
Total $58,311


Lone Moody
WSDOT Port Orchard Project Engineer Office

Doug Adamson
WSDOT Olympic Region Media Relations 

SR 3 Chico Creek - Remove Fish Barriers project vicinity map