SR 3 - Chico Creek - Remove Fish Barriers

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Needs & benefits

This work is part of WSDOT's Fish Passage Barrier Removal Program. WSDOT working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife identifies barriers to fish passage caused by culverts under state highways. Chico Creek has undersized culverts that serve as barriers to fish.

Crews will remove undersized culverts that carry Chico Creek under both directions of SR 3 at this interchange. Crews also will remove similar barriers to fish migration under both highway on- and off-ramps and Chico Way at this interchange.

How will this work be done?
This project will use the Design-Build method of project delivery. Working under a single contract with one business, the Design-Builder will both engineer and build the project.

WSDOT will work closely with the Design-Builder to help keep travelers moving during this work to replace the culverts and build a replicated natural streambed for Chico Creek under SR 3.

The End Result
Replacing the barrier culverts will make the stream more maneuverable for migrating fish, extending usable habitat. The enhancements for Chico Creek at this location will improve access to 21 miles of habitat and build up similar efforts by Kitsap County to remove barriers that impede fish migration.

In addition, the work will help preserve the integrity of the highway and reduce maintenance costs by reducing or eliminating the possibility of the culvert blockages.


Winter 2019: Request for Proposals (RFP) issued
June 2020: Design-Build contract awarded to Guy F. Atkinson Construction
Spring 2022: Construction begins
Fall 2024: Project complete


Financial Data for PIN 300394A, 300398K
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $8,241
CWA $49,375
Total $57,616


Doug Adamson
WSDOT Olympic Region Media Relations 

Jason Mettler
WSDOT Olympia Project Engineer Office

SR 3 Chico Creek - Remove Fish Barriers project vicinity map