With the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, most state construction work has been suspended. However, work to complete fish passage culvert projects continues in order to make progress on the federal court injunction deadlines and to comply with time-sensitive fish windows for in-water work. One of those projects is in Mason County and another is in Pierce County. Here is scheduled work for April 12, 2020 to April 18, 2020.
US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Crews are building a new alignment for Coffee Creek as part of a WSDOT fish barrier removal project.
Work Schedule: See below:
- Amid COVID-19 construction effects, WSDOT fish passage work continues in order to make progress on federal court injunction deadlines and to comply with time-sensitive fish windows for in-water work.
- Travelers on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 are using a temporary two-lane bypass road around the work zone. Travelers can expect a reduced speed limit to 25 mph and occasional traffic stops of up to 15 minutes during work hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The bypass road will allow crews to build a new stream channel and install an approximately 96-foot-long box culvert to eventually connect a realigned Coffee Creek under the Shelton-Matlock Road. The channel will link to a replicated natural streambed, which was previously built between Shelton-Matlock Road and the area approaching Goldsborough Creek.
- ?Crews expect to fully reopen the Shelton-Matlock Road by mid-summer.
Another project is in Pierce County:
SR 302 – E of Elgin Clifton Rd to SR 16 – Remove Fish Barriers, Paving and ADA Compliance
Highway: 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.8 to 16.9
Description: This project removes and replaces three outdated culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures, repaves 8 miles of SR 302, and rebuilds sidewalks and ramps at the intersections of SR 302 and SR 302 (Spur) through SR 302 and 94th Avenue to comply with the Americans with Disability Act and improve access for all travelers. Drivers can expect up to three weekend closures of the SR 302 Purdy Spit for bridge deck repairs scheduled for summer 2020. The bridge deck work will take place day and night. A signed detour will be in place during construction. Paving and deck repairs will require warm, dry weather conditions. Paving operations will occur overnight, when traffic volumes are less.
Work Schedule: A temporary detour road around the work zone is now open. Speed limit through the work zone is 25 mph. Drivers will see weekday, daytime construction as crews build the bridge at Minter Creek. Any road closures will be announced in advance.