WSDOT to discuss Highways 104, 307 road closures this summer
Culvert replacements force traffic reroutes
(Kingston, WA) - The public will have the opportunity to learn about temporary closures of Highways 104 and 307 this summer when the Washington State Department of Transportation replaces culverts on Grovers Creek, Dogfish Creek and Gamble Creek between Kingston and Poulsbo. The Kingston Citizens Advisory Council (KCAC) is hosting a discussion with staff from WSDOT and Kitsap County Public Works during its regular monthly business meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Headquarters Station, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE.
According to WSDOT, the culvert replacements will require total road closures – estimated to be one week for the State Route 104 culvert at Grovers Creek and two weeks for the State Route 307 culverts on Dogfish and Gamble creeks.
WSDOT staff met with representatives from the City of Poulsbo and Kitsap County in late October to discuss traffic concerns, detour rotes and identify stakeholders, such as the North Kitsap School District, to include in its outreach plan. At the KCAC meeting Dec. 2, the public can provide input, ask questions and learn more details of the project, including impacts on local roads and ferry traffic.
The replacement of culverts under state highways that are inadequate to allow fish to swim upstream is mandated through a federal court injunction issued in 2013. The court found that the State of Washington has a duty to repair or replace culverts that impede salmon migration to keep in compliance with treaty rights for northwest Washington tribes. WSDOT estimates it will correct up to 40 culverts per year statewide beginning in 2015 through 2030 in order to comply with the injunction. For more information on the fish passage projects, visit
www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/FishPassage/ . For information on the KCAC meeting, contact Rebecca Pirtle at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 337-4650.