Construction on Highway 101 south of Forks begins June 22

FORKS — The Department of Transportation has announced that construction will begin Monday, June 22, to replace a culvert under U.S. Highway 101 south of Forks.

The culvert allows an unnamed tributary of the Hoh River to run under the highway at milepost 175.5.

According to a press release, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph during the construction and a temporary signal will control alternating single lane traffic.

Construction on this project is expected to continue into late fall.

The project, which is part of the WSDOT Fish Passage Barrier Removal Program, will replace the current 5-foot-wide, 55-foot-long culvert. Crews from Interwest Construction, Inc. will construct a 16-foot-wide, 60-foot-long concrete box culvert.

In addition to being wider, the new culvert will correct the substantial water drop of the old culvert and will result in an additional 2 miles of potential spawning habitat.

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