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Culvert finished - fish and drivers both happy

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Crews lay down a fresh layer of asphalt along S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood, over the new Crystal Springs Creek culvert.Although the new Crystal Springs Creek culvert under S.E. Tacoma Street was one of nine that will be replaced by 2015 to help salmon and trout recovery, the project was one of the most visible.

Many of the 5,000 vehicles which drove along Tacoma during construction experienced severely narrowed and angled lanes, and long waits for flaggers to pass one-lane traffic through the worksite.

But, before the end of September, the traffic-affecting construction had been completed.

“The roadwork that remains will be staged to minimize traffic impact,” assured City of Portland B.E.S. Environmental Program Coordinator Ronda Fast, during a site visit on September 17.

The culvert itself was completed, and once again Crystal Springs Creek flowed through its now-wide mouth.

“What now remains is putting in the sidewalk, and the wagon-wheel-motif railings,” Fast told THE BEE.

“This project is really starting to shape up,” Fast said. “The creek is looking very good. The fish are going to be very happy. People may soon see fish swimming by.”