Puyallup River Flood Protection at Orville Road

2017_image of Puyallup River along Orville Road

What's Happening


Construction Phase II-B was completed at the end of February 2018. Work included 28 engineered log jams designed to protect Orville Road. Additional phases will go to construction as funding becomes available.

Active Construction of Puyallup was 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 is scheduled in 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 - Completed 2018


This $1.2 million phase addressed the area just downstream of the Champion Bridge (river miles 28.3-28.6 and 27-27.7). Construction included engineered log jams along the existing levee to create smaller side channels that are less erosive and provide salmon habitat. The 3,000-foot discontinuous dolo timber revetment and a series of engineered log jams will 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.

Phase B was funded with a grant from Washington State's Floodplains by Design. 

Phases C-E will start after funding is secured. 

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

In Person: Visit Suite 109