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SR 8 - Middle and East Forks Wildcat Creek - Remove Fish Barriers


July 2017

  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27, SR 8 traffic in the McCleary area will be stopped several times. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes while crews deliver four large girders.  The girders will eventually support decks for new bridges spanning Wildcat Creek. The new bridges are a key element of the project to remove barriers to fish by improving the flow of the creek.
  • SR 8 in McCleary is reduced to one lane in each direction through summer 2019. The speed limit is reduced from 60 mph to 45 mph for the duration of the two-year project. See how traffic has been reconfigured on SR 8 in McCleary. Meanwhille, the intersection of SR 8 and SR 108 in McCleary is closed to all traffic around the clock. Drivers will detour via the nearby Mox Chehalis Road interchange.

Why is WSDOT correcting fish passage barriers under State Route 8 in McCleary?
WSDOT has a responsibility to be a good environmental steward. WSDOT will replace outdated culverts under State Route 8 to improve fish passage for Middle and East Fork Wildcat Creek.

Replacing the culverts with new full span bridges will remove fish-passage barriers and open fish habitat. Fish will be able to pass through this portion of the creek easier as the water will be slower. and the bridges will span a more natural creek environment.

Middle Fork
The existing culvert carrying Middle Fork will be replaced with two bridges that are approximately 110 feet long.

East Fork
The existing culvert carrying East Fork will be replaced with two bridges that are about 160 feet long.

Due to the extensive work required, this project will occur over a two-year period. All in-stream work will occur during an approved timeframe to minimize impacts to fish.

The End Result

This project will improve fish habitat by slowing the velocity of the streams at the culvert sites.

The existing stream channel will be graded to simulate a natural stream bed. The work in both locations will open up miles of potential upstream habitat.

Project Benefits
This project will eliminate barriers for fish and open potential upstream habitat.

The work will simulate what is found in a natural stream bed.

What is the project timeline?
Dec. 2016 - Project awarded to Ceccanti, Inc
Spring 2017 - Project begins construction
Summer 2019 -Project complete

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 300817A, 300817B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $2,610
CWA $14,625
Total $17,235

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

How can I get more information?
John Romero
WSDOT Project Engineer

Claudia Bingham Baker
Communications Manager
WSDOT Olympic Region
(360) 357-2789

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