- Crews have reduced SR 106 to one-way, alternating traffic around the clock, and have reduced the speed limit to 25 mph. That one lane of traffic is rerouted onto a temporary, 600-foot-long detour built adjacent to the highway through mid-October.
- The work area includes the SR 106/Creekside Drive intersection, which provides access to approximately 400 homes. Flaggers provide around-the-clock traffic control to maintain access to those homes during the time the detour is in effect.
- After the new culvert is installed, crews will repave the highway, which will be about six feet higher at the site to accommodate the larger culvert, and restore the previous 40 mile-per-hour speed limit.
This project is part of the Chronic Environmental Deficiency (CED) program. As part of an agreement with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, WSDOT is moving away from the repetitive repair of roadways that require recent, frequent and chronic maintenance repairs. Instead, WSDOT concentrates on long-term solutions that will optimize the improvements for fish and fish habitat, while also addressing transportation needs.
View the 2008 Twanoh Falls Creek Site and Reach Assessment here (pdf 3.4 mb)
Why is WSDOT
improving the Twanoh Falls creek area?
The highway crossing has had a long standing problem of sediment accumulation, requiring frequent excavation by maintenance crews to maintain creek flow and prevent flooding of the highway and adjacent properties. The sedimentation problem also poses fish passage problems.
The cause of these problems is because the culvert currently in place under SR 106 is too small. WSDOT is replacing the culvert with a structure of adequate size for flow, fish passage, and sediment transport.
The End Result
Replacing the existing culvert with a larger one will improve creek flow, allow for fish passage and reduce sediment buildup.
Reduced highway flooding:
The larger culvert and raised highway allows water to flow freely without sediment build up and flooding to the roadway. This will save money on frequent maintenance costs.
Salmon and other fish need access to freshwater habitat for spawning and juvenile rearing. WSDOT recognizes that removing fish barriers is important to the restoration of fish habitat and salmon recovery efforts.
Since 1991, WSDOT has completed 269 fish barrier removal projects opening up over 904 miles of potential upstream habitat for fish.
What is the project timeline?
This project will begin in July and run through October 2013.
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|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
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Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
Claudia Bingham Baker
Olympic Region Communication Manager
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