(Port Orchard, WA) - The existing metal arch culvert on Lake Flora Road at Coulter Creek was damaged during recent storms. The aged culvert partially collapsed causing the south half of the road embankment to wash out.
Public Works crews are in the process of stabilizing the road embankment, placing a traffic barrier and installing a temporary traffic signal that will allow alternating traffic through the site. These improvements will allow the passage of vehicles through the site until permanent repairs can be made. These interim repairs should be completed by Friday afternoon. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving through the area.
County engineering staff have met on site with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and contacted other resource agencies. The affected reach of Coulter Creek is home to steelhead trout, coho salmon and other resident fish species. In all likelihood, the permanent repair will require replacement of the 6-foot diameter culvert with a structure spanning a 30-foot stream width. Because the permanent structure will require design, permits and prefabricated elements it may take several months to initiate the permanent repairs. In addition, it may be necessary to close Lake Flora Road to traffic while permanent repairs are made.
Additional information and updated schedules will be provided to the public as information becomes available. We recognize that Lake Flora Road is a major route and appreciate citizen's patience and cooperation.