The Wally Bowman Bridge is a new 80 ft. span concrete bridge over Salmon Creek at West Uncas Road, milepost 0.804. The new bridge replaces a culvert that blocked fish passage through the stream. This project successfully opened the streambed for free passage of Summer Chum Salmon and created 0.75 additional miles of upstream spawning habitat.
The completion of the Wally Bowman Bridge is a major milestone in the Salmon Creek habitat improvement plan, following a multi-year, multi-agency plan that restored downstream salmon habitat between the bridge site and Discovery Bay.
The project involved:
- Removing the existing culvert
- Reconstructing the streambed
- Constructing a pile foundation, concrete abutments and girders, and a structural earth wall
- Installing bridge rail and guardrail
- Laying new pavement
On May 31, 2019, Public Works hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and formal dedication for the Wally Bowman Bridge. The event celebrated the completion of the bridge and the legacy of Wally Bowman and his family in this community.
The project was funded by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) - Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the US Fish & Wildlife - National Fish Passage Program, the Puget Sound Partnership (PSAR), and Jefferson County.