Highway reopened to two lanes at Indian Creek

PORT ANGELES — The state Department of Transportation has reopened U.S. Highway 101 to two-way traffic at Indian Creek, west of Port Angeles.

Work crews removed the traffic control signal on Thursday.

The speed limit remains 25 mph due to the rough road surface.

Drivers can expect delays for paving the road surface when weather conditions allow, DOT said.

Traffic has been rerouted on a temporary bypass bridge since March 2022 while the culvert under the roadway was replaced with a 180-foot concrete girder bridge.

Larger project

The project is part of the state’s fish passage improvement program mandated by a 2013 injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in a long-running suit brought by the Western Washington Treaty Tribes.

DOT faces a 2030 deadline to improve fish passage at 90 percent of blocked culverts west of the Cascades.

DOT said that since 2013, it has corrected culverts at 100 sites subject to the injunction, opening 474 miles of previously blocked salmon and steelhead habitat.

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