Puyallup River Flood Protection at Orville Road

2017_image of Puyallup River along Orville Road

What's Happening

In September 2017, construction on Phase B is scheduled to begin. Work will include 28 engineered log jams designed to protect Orville Road. Work on this phase is expected to end in February of 2018. As funding becomes available additional phases will go to construction.

Active Construction of Puyallup is the contractor for this phase. 

About the Project

The Orville Road setback levee project will eventually protect two miles of Orville Road between Electron Road and 249th St. E. near Orting. The existing levee and revetment along the Orville Road side of the Puyallup River has been damaged in multiple locations, because the river channel is migrating toward Orville Road. The project has been broken down into five phases:

Phase A - Completed 2013

Constructed about 700 feet of setback revetment made of discontinuous engineered log jams (ELJs), and 6 ELJs placed on the gravel bar to deflect flows away from Orville Road. The setback revetment protects Orville Road and provides salmon habitat.

Phase B - Property acquisition and design 2015-2018

This phase will address the area just downstream of the Champion Bridge (river miles 28.3-28.6 and 27-27.7). Construction will include engineered log jams along the existing levee to create smaller side channels that are less erosive and provide salmon habitat and 3,000 feet of discontinuous dolo timber revetment and a series of engineered log jams to deflect the river away from the revetment and provide salmon habitat.

In 2015, a $200,000 grant was received from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to support land acquisition for this project. In 2015 and 2016, properties were purchased in the area and project design was completed.

The first portion of Phase B construction is expected to begin in late summer 2017 with additional phases to follow. The project will cost $1.2 million and is funded with a grant from Washington State's Floodplains by Design. 

Benefits include:
  • Reduces flood risk along Orville Road and surrounding properties
  • Stabilizes river channel away from existing development
  • Enhances salmon habitat
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Al Zehni
Project Manager
Phone: (253) 798-4677
Fax: (253) 798-7709
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mailing Address:
2702 S 42nd St, Ste 201
Tacoma, WA 98409-7322

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