Project Info

Budget Information

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


February 2018

  • The eastbound lanes have been reconfigured to accommodate both directions of traffic.
  • Traffic will remain in this configuration through spring of 2019.
  • Like the first half of this project, crews have shifted traffic to create room to build two remaining bridges.

Why is WSDOT correcting fish passage barriers under State Route 8 in McCleary?
This work is part of WSDOT's Fish Passage Barrier Removal Program, which identifies and removes barriers to fish passage caused by culverts under state highways.

In 2013, a federal court injunction required the state to significantly increase the state’s efforts in removing state-owned culverts that block habitat for salmon and steelhead.

In addition to the injunction, WSDOT also 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WSDOT will replace outdated culverts under State Route 8 to improve fish passage for Middle and East Fork Wildcat Creek.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
Spring 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


How can I get more information?

John Romero
WSDOT Project Engineer

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