SR 164 - Pussyfoot Creek - Fish Passage

Project news

  • This project is scheduled to advertise for competitive bid in spring 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2020.
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Needs & benefits

Pussyfoot Creek passes through an 11-foot diameter culvert under SR 164 about a half-mile east of the White River Amphitheater on the Muckleshoot Reservation east of Auburn. The culvert is too small and sections inside the existing culvert create conditions that make it very difficult or impossible for fish to travel upstream.

To improve fish passage in Pussyfoot Creek, WSDOT will remove the old culvert and replace it with a 170-foot-long bridge. The work will open about 9.3 miles of additional upstream habitat for resident and migratory fish, including Coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. The additional habitat will help increase the number of salmon that are hatched in the creek, which feeds into the White River and Puget Sound. In turn, that will help the Puget Sound ecosystem, providing more food for orcas.

This project is still being designed, but people who drive in this area should plan for delays, closures and detours beginning in summer 2020.

Timeline

Fall 2019: Complete design and advertise project for competitive bidding.

Winter 2020: Award contact

Summer 2020: Construction begins

Fall 2020: Construction is scheduled to be complete

Funding

The total project cost for this work is estimated at $9.9 million, funded by Connecting Washington.

Contact

Tom Pearce
WSDOT Communications
206-440-4696
pearcet@wsdot.wa.gov

A map showing the location of the SR 164 Pussyfoot Creek project