A large three-sided culvert will be installed under 160th Street NW to improve fish passage and fish habitat. The work will start early July and is expected to be complete in late October.
Motorists and residents near Huge Creek at 118th Avenue NW, between 126th Avenue NW and 121st Avenue Ct NW on the Pierce County line should expect delays starting in July 2021, while a county contractor builds a new culvert for Huge Creek.
The contractor, Active Construction Inc., is expected to work Mondays through Fridays and will have several trucks coming and going from the project site including construction equipment. Drivers are asked to be aware of these construction vehicles, add extra travel time and considering that we are restricting traffic to one lane only during construction.
The Huge Creek culvert is being replaced to provide a clear fish passage for native trout and salmon upstream into Kitsap County. This project is part of a larger effort to improve fish passage in the Minter Creek basin. Eliminating blockages to fish passage, allowing migratory fish to access the high quality spawning habitat upstream, is an important part of the County's salmon recovery strategy. The current culvert will be demolished on site and hauled away. New guardrails will be added, and native plantings will be established.
Pierce County staff is available to discuss this project.
The work area starts approximately 2,000 feet west of 118th Avenue NW, between 126th Avenue NW and 121st Avenue Court NW on the Pierce-Kitsap County line.
The construction cost is approximately $950,000 and is funded by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), Flood Control Zone District (FCZD), Kitsap County and Pierce County Surface Water Management Funds.
Benefits & Potential Impacts
Improve fish habitat and safe passage
The two-lane road will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic during work hours. Trucks, construction and heavy equipment will be coming and going from the project site. Drivers are asked to be aware of these construction vehicles and add extra travel time
Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
Early July 2021: Construction begins.
Mid-July 2021: In-water construction begins
October 2021: Construction ends.
The Huge Creek Culvert replacement project is moving ahead of schedule. The contractor Active Construction Inc. is working on completing the installation of the large three-sided culvert under 160th Street NW. Eight concrete lids were placed on the stem walls on August 2. Next week, the contractor will shift traffic over the new culvert and remove the temporary road. The culvert wing walls will be installed to get the project ready for new guardrails and asphalt paving. In October, native planting of the wetlands will be completed to restore the fish passage area which is critical for trout and salmon habitat.