Little Skookum Creek culvert replacement under SR 108 in Kamilche planned this summer
Notice of Road Closure/Traffic Revisions
(Near LCCR, KTP, and Elevations)
In a effort to help restore Little Skookum Creek to a more natural state that will allow fish passage, a summer-long project to replace an outdated and undersized culvert beneath SR 108 near US 101 will begin shortly after the 4th of July. Crews plan to build a new box culvert on SR 108 where it carries Little Skookum Creek.
From July 5th to Sept 30, Quigg Bros Construction will be working on the WSDOT Little Skookum Creek Culvert project, affecting Kamilche Lane and S.R. 108
Kamilche Lane: Access will be closed at the south end of Kamilche Lane. Residents will be able to access Kamilche Lane from the north end at the Lynch Road/ US 101 intersection. This will begin Tuesday, July 5th and will continue through summer.
State Route 108: A section of SR 108 will be reduced to one lane, with traffic control, for most of the time. This will also restrict traffic from the southbound ramp on US Highway 101. Drivers may select an alternate route by using the Hurley-Waldrip Road, connecting to S.R. 108. Drivers on SR 108 near US 101 can expect a reduced speed limit of 25 mph between mileposts 11.8 and 12. The lowered speed limit will remain in place until this fall. From Monday through Thursday, July 11-14, drivers may encounter one-way alternating traffic on SR 108 near US 101 from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning. Throughout the project duration, drivers may encounter occasional night one-way alternating traffic.
“To keep traffic flowing, crews will temporarily widen a portion of the highway,” said WSDOT Assistant Project Engineer Steve Busche. “The realigned lanes will give crews enough room to build the new culvert while drivers can keep using the highway.”
Improving fish passage
In 2013 the U.S. District Court for Western Washington ruled that the state must not build or operate culverts that hinder fish passage, like the one on Little Skookum Creek, under state-maintained roads. As a result, WSDOT will replace over 800 culverts that run under state highways in western Washington.
Drivers can get advanced information about this project from the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic web page.
Project web page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr108/littleskookumcrkfishbarrier
Fish passage: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/FishPassage
Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates web page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Regions/Olympic/Construction/#mason