Puyallup River Flood Protection at Orville Road

2017_image of Puyallup River along Orville Road


David Davis
Project Manager
(253) 798-6157
[email protected]

About the Project

The Orville Road setback revetment project protects two miles of Orville Road between Electron Road and 249th Street East near Orting. The previous levee and revetment along the Orville Road side of the Puyallup River were damaged in multiple locations due to the river channel migrating toward Orville Road.

The fifth and final phase, 2C-Year 2, included the installation of 40 engineered log jams and approximately 3,000 linear feet of existing levee removal. The project was completed in November 2022 by Active Construction Inc. of Puyallup.

Using engineered log jams, the project constructed a new revetment setback from the river to provide protection to Orville Road while allowing the river to reconnect with its floodplain.

Benefits of this project include:

  • Reduces flood risk along Orville Road and surrounding properties.
  • Stabilizes river channel away from existing development.
  • Enhances salmon habitat.

The project was funded using a combination of Floodplains by Design grants, Flood Control Zone District funding, Salmon Recovery Funding Board grants, and Pierce County Surface Water Management funds.

Project Map & Location

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The Orville Road setback revetment project will protect two miles of Orville Road between Electron Road and 249th Street East near Orting.

  1. Phase 1
  2. Phase 2A
  3. Phase 2B
  4. Phase 2C-Year 1
  5. Phase 2C-Year 2

Phase 1 was completed in 2013. The project 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. 

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