Closures on 67th Ave. slated for July 19-23, Aug. 2-6

ARLINGTON — Crews will install two new culverts under 67th Avenue NE for Portage Creek and Prairie Creek as part of the 67th Avenue Final Phase project. Installing the culverts will require full roadway closures of 67th Avenue NE between 204th Street NE and 211th Place NE over two separate weekends.

The roadway closures are scheduled to occur between 7 p.m. on July 19 and 5 a.m. on July 26, and again between 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 5 a.m. on Aug. 6. During the closures, crews will excavate the roadway, install culverts and get ready for upcoming paving activities. Roadway closures are required in order to complete work while keeping drivers and crews safe.

Drivers should follow signed detours and plan ahead. Lebanon Street and 211th Place NE will remain open during the closure.

The existing Portage and Prairie creek culverts under 67th Avenue are undersized, which can result in flooding and difficult passage for fish during times when the water flow is high. The new culverts will be 80 feet in length and 20 feet wide.

“These creeks are used by many aquatic animals, like coho salmon, crayfish, frogs and cutthroat trout,” said Bill Blake, natural resources manager for the city of Arlington. “These new culverts will significantly improve their habitat and build upon the past 18 years of salmon habitat restoration being performed by the city and its partners.”

“These culverts are a perfect example of how the city of Arlington is not only improving our roads, but our environment,” Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert said. To keep the community informed throughout construction, the city has set up a project website at and will provide regular updates through its e-newsletter. The public can also email questions to or call the project information line at 360-594-2425.

The detour map is available online at


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