Single lane closures and delays are expected near Peissner Road in the Bald Hills area as Thurston County contractors prepare for three months of construction and replacement on three Toboton Creek culverts. 

The trio of culverts will be replaced with a single aluminum box culvert. The hope of officials with the Thurston County Fish Passage Enhancement Program is that the new culvert will improve the longevity of coho salmon and improve passageways for other fish and wildlife that use the stream.  

“The three aging culverts under the road at this location are in poor condition. They also separate Toboton Creek’s natural streambed, lowering water flow to the point where fish cannot access upstream habitat,” a project description on the county’s Public Works page reads. 

The project is expected to start July 8, according to Public Works, and will cost $837,000 — the majority of which will be paid for by Thurston County Real Estate Excise Tax dollars. County officials say residents should expect single lane closures and delays near Peissner Road during the installation process. 

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