Brighton Creek Culvert at Harts Lake Road

About the Project

The goal of this project is to remove a fish barrier on Brighton Creek, where it crosses under Harts Lake Road near the confluence with the Nisqually River. The existing culvert blocks fish passage due to its elevation above the channel bottom at the outlet. 

The planned improvements include removing the existing culvert and replacing it with a larger culvert or bridge at the crossing. The Nisqually watershed provides key habitat to Chinook, coho, pink, chum, cutthroat and steelhead, and Brighton Creek could offer habitat to steelhead, coho, and cutthroat populations once the fish blockage is removed at Harts Lake Road. 

D462_20210412_CulvertDwnStD462_upstream culvert from a distance


Pierce County will seek grant funding to combine with Surface Water Management Funds for this project.


  • 2020 – 2021Project development and initiation (Completed)
  • 2021 – 2022Preliminary design phase (Completed) 
  • 2022 – 2026: Finial design and permitting
  • 2027 – 2028Construction*                                    

*Schedule is dependent on securing project funding through grants.


Sarah Motsenbocker

Project Manager

(253) 798-3153

[email protected]

Map of Project Location