Tracyton Boulevard to close for culvert construction

Closure will extend 150 feet south of NW Barker Creek Road.

A portion of Tracyton Boulevard NW just south of NW Barker Creek Road will close Tuesday, Sept. 2 for 40 working days to allow a Seattle-based nonprofit to replace a culvert at Barker Creek.

Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group will replace a 90-foot long, 5-foot diameter culvert at the Barker Creek estuary with a 73-foot long, 36-foot wide arched bottomless culvert.

Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group Executive Director Troy Fields said the new culvert will improve fish passage from the culvert up into the stream as well as improve tidal flows in the Barker Creek estuary.

The Barker Creek project is funded by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board’s 2003 grant cycle of $417,000 with $83,000 in matching contributions.

Fields said Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group began designing the project in early 2004. The group needs to complete the project this year or else grant funding may be lost.

“We don’t have a choice. We have to get it done this year,” he said.

September may not be the ideal time for large construction projects, but Fields said the Barker Creek project will get done in a timely manner.

“Because of the weather we want to get it started as soon as possible,” Fields said.

McDonald & Company Inc. from Enumclaw will be constructing the new arched culvert at Barker Creek.

The section of Tracyton Boulevard will be closed Sept. 2 through Oct. 28. Traffic will be detoured to Bucklin Hill Road, Nels Nelson Road and Fairgrounds Road during construction.

“We’re just really hoping to get it going. It’s been a long time coming,” Fields said. “It’s going to be a great thing for the salmon of Kitsap County and Puget Sound.”

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