"Fish, floods prompt bridge project"

"New construction coming soon to Anderson Hill Road will be a bridge in time.Kitsap County Public Works officials plan to install a bridge to replace a culvert that has been the bane of residents and migrating salmon. It fills with sediment, causes flooding and blocks passage for the fish.(The county) cleans it out once a year since the problem with the flooding, said Linda Jordan, whose family has property just south of Little Anderson Creek.The creek looks peaceful enough from the east side of the road, its banks shored up with big rocks where it enters the culvert.But the other side is another story. The culvert's exit is not visible from the road, and water pools up before rushing downstream to empty into Hood Canal at Anderson Landing.It's been a maintenance problem in the past because of excess sediment. We're building the bridge to reduce maintenance and enhance fish passage, said Jonathon Brand, engineering services manager for the county's Department of Public Works. Brand added that current federal and state regulations now preclude excavation of sediment deposited in the six-foot diameter culvert.The project ranks third in priority among 31 county-owned fish passage barriers targeted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's a complete barrier to chum, coho and resident cutthroat trout, Brand said.The proposed structure will be a pile-supported concrete girder bridge with a span of about 130 feet, about 25 feet above the stream.Brand said the design was selected because it was the most economically and environmentally feasible method of construction.The bridge is being designed by Berger Abam of Federal Way.We're currently working on the right-of-way, to secure adjacent land ... purchasing 10 acres downstream, Brand said. Some of the land is already county-owned, part of the proposed Anderson Landing park. Public Works also is negotiating to acquire some private property at the construction site. Brand said that effort is being coordinated by Joseph Coppo, open space coordinator for the county Parks and Recreation Department.The bridge will cost an estimated $1 million, Brand said. The project will be funded by a Public Works Trust Fund construction loan through the state Department of Trade and Economic Development.Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2002 and be completed by that fall.Anderson Road will be closed for about six months while the work is in progress, Brand said. Those who use the road will have to detour via Seabeck and Newberry Hill roads. "

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