Puyallup River Flood Protection at Orville Road

2017_image of Puyallup River along Orville Road
About the Project

The Orville Road setback revetment project will eventually protect two miles of Orville Road between Electron Road and 249th Street East near Orting. The existing levee and revetment along the Orville Road side of the Puyallup River have been damaged in multiple locations due to the river channel migrating toward Orville Road.

Using engineered log jams, the project will construct 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.

Flood prone properties have been purchased within the project area using a combination of Salmon Recovery Funding Board grants and Flood Control Zone District funds.


David Davis
Project Manager
Phone: (253) 798-6157
Fax: (253) 798-7709
[email protected]

Mailing Address
2702 S 42nd St.
Ste. 109
Tacoma, WA 98409

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.

What’s Happening

Phase II B, the third phase of the construction, was completed in December 2019. Work included 23 engineered log jams designed to protect Orville Road. Active Construction of Puyallup was the contractor for this phase. 

Construction on a fourth installment (Phase 2C – Year 1) will begin in August 2020 and will be completed by January 2021.  Work on this phase will include the installation 19 engineered log jams and approximately 1,500 linear feet of setback revetment. 

A fifth phase, 2C-Year 2, is planned for construction in late 2021.

  1. Phase 1 (Completed 2013)
  2. Phase 2A (Completed 2018)
  3. Phase 2B (Completed 2019)
  4. Phase 2C-Year 1 (2020)
  5. Phase 2C-Year 2 (2021)

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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