This culvert was on a Clallam County road that also happened to be part of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Not only was the culver old and at risk of failure and a fish passage barrier, the road crossing was on a blind corner with no shoulder making it very unsafe for trail users on the road that is shared with vehicle traffic including frequent logging activities.
The project opened up several miles of high quality spawning and rearing habitat for coho salmon and steelhead as well as provide a safe crossing for trail users.
The big accomplishment with this project was it had been put on hold for several years after initially being underfunded. We are very grateful for the contractor, Scarsella Brothers, for their quick work to get this project completed in the short time we had.
A cool part of this project is we were able to donate the trees that had to be felled for the construction to the Quileute Tribe to be dispersed to their needy elders as firewood. In all this resulted in 60 cords of firewood being delivered to the tribes elders. PCSC and Quileute Tribe Public Works employees worked to turn the trees into firewood.