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May 23, 2013

WSDOT looking at $2.4B in culvert fixes

  • A recent court ruling requires the agency over 17 years to fix nearly 1,000 culverts that affect tribal salmon passage.
    Special to the Journal

    A new arch culvert was installed as part of the Beaver Creek restoration project in Manchester, near Port Orchard. The project enhanced about 6 miles of fish passage and 7 acres of floodplain. It also allowed tides into an area that was diked since the 1940s.

    For more than 20 years, the Washington State Department of Transportation has been working on remedies for culverts that slow fish passage.

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