SR 8 - Middle and East Forks Wildcat Creek - Remove Fish Barriers

Project News

  • Construction to replace outdated culverts that run under SR 8 with bridges are nearly complete. Crews will route traffic into its final configuration, shifting traffic onto the four new bridges built for improved fish passage as soon as the beginning of October.
  • Remaining work includes: installing cable barrier, planting vegetation, removing temporarily illumination poles and completing final striping. The work will require crews to close a single lane for the next few weeks. 
  • WSDOT anticipates being out of the area for good by the end of the year, nearly six months ahead of schedule.

Why is WSDOT correcting fish passage barriers under State Route 8 in McCleary?

Correcting fish passage barriers is an important part of the state's efforts to protect and restore fish runs negatively affected by outdated culverts under state highways. 

In 2013, a federal court injunction required the state to significantly increase the state’s efforts in removing state-owned culverts that block habitat for salmon and steelhead.

WSDOT will replace outdated culverts under State Route 8 to improve fish passage for Middle and East Fork Wildcat Creek.

Replacing the culverts with new full span bridges will remove fish-passage barriers and open fish habitat. Fish will be able to pass through this portion of the creek easier as the water will be slower and the bridges will span a more natural creek environment.

Middle Fork
The existing culvert carrying Middle Fork will be replaced with two bridges that are approximately 110 feet long.

East Fork
The existing culvert carrying East Fork will be replaced with two bridges that are about 160 feet long.

Due to the extensive work required, this project will occur over a two-year period. All in-stream work will occur during an approved timeframe to minimize impacts to fish.

The End Result

This project will improve fish habitat by slowing the velocity of the streams at the culvert sites.

The existing stream channel will be graded to simulate a natural stream bed. The work in both locations will open up miles of potential upstream habitat.

Project Benefits
This project will eliminate barriers for fish and open potential upstream habitat.

The work will simulate what is found in a natural stream bed.

What is the project timeline?

  • Dec. 2016 - Project awarded to Ceccanti, Inc
  • Spring 2017 - Project begins construction
  • Spring 2019 -Project complete


Financial Data for PIN 300817A, 300817B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $2,610
CWA $14,625
Total $17,235


John Romero
WSDOT Project Engineer

Claudia Bingham Baker
Communications Manager
WSDOT Olympic Region
(360) 357-2789

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