News Flash

Public Works News

Posted on: February 15, 2023

Update: Orcas Island’s Fish Trap Culvert Replacement Enters Second Phase

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 10, 2023 – The County’s Public Works Department is entering phase two of a project to replace a culvert and repair a section of Cormorant Bay Road near Deer Harbor. The FEMA-funded project is installing a ten-foot-wide box culvert, specially designed to improve fish passage to Fish Trap Creek and withstand significant storms. Construction began in February and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2023.

 Project Updates

Throughout the month of April, the project will see significant progress:

  • All utilities will be temporarily routed overhead by utility poles provided by OPALCO.
  • The precast culvert will undergo final inspections and additional materials will be shipped.
  • During the week of April 10, culvert excavation of Cormorant Bay Road will begin and the by-pass road will re-open.

Safety Reminders: 

  • Please keep vehicle speeds low – no more than 10 mph. 
  • Obey flaggers when onsite. 

Contact: Jeff Sharp, Deputy County Engineer, jeffs@sanjuanco.com, (360) 370-0509

###

County Begins Work on Orcas Island’s Fish Trap Creek Culvert Replacement


SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 15, 2023 – The County is beginning a project to replace a culvert and repair a section of Cormorant Bay Road near Deer Harbor. The FEMA-funded project will install a ten-foot-wide box culvert, specially designed to improve fish passage to Fish Trap Creek and withstand significant storms. Construction will be intermittent over the course of several months.

Beginning in mid-February, work will commence to build a temporary, 250-foot detour road to accommodate traffic during construction. Preparations for this short detour road will include brush and tree removal, isolation of a section of the stream where work will occur, and fish salvage from the work area. This temporary road will remain in place for several months while the project is underway.

“This much-needed project updates our critical infrastructure, while prioritizing the health and vitality of our stream systems,” said Kendra Smith, the County’s Environmental Stewardship Director. “This is a great example of the County’s commitment to environmental stewardship through thoughtful engineering.”  

Project History:   

A storm in January of 2020 damaged the previous culvert under Cormorant Bay Road. With consultation from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), San Juan County immediately replaced the culvert (18-inch diameter, 31 feet long) to restore access to homes, with the long-term goal of installing a more permanent, fish-passable culvert in the future. Now, the Public Works Department has contracted with Neptune General Contractors from Anacortes to install the new culvert. The project is funded by emergency response and replacement funds from FEMA.

Project Timeline: 

The project will be completed in phases. The first phase begins in mid-February with the construction of a detour road. Additional timeline details will be shared as they become available. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2023.

Project Information: 

Construction work will occur during regular working hours with no work being done on the weekends. The detour road will be available 24 hours a day, and for safety reasons, there will be temporary lighting and signage.

Contact: Jeff Sharp, Deputy County Engineer, jeffs@sanjuanco.com, (360) 370-0509

About San Juan County’s Public Works Department    

San Juan County’s Public Works Department constructs and maintains county roads. The department offices are located at 915 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Public Works Department, visit www.sanjuanco.com/277/Public-Works .

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Public Works News

Public Works

Road Work on Cattle Point Road Begins

Posted on: October 10, 2023