The primary goals of this project include removing people and infrastructure from a repetitive flood loss area along the Puyallup River, as well as minimizing Pierce County’s maintenance and response services to an area that experiences repetitive flood damages along the Neadham Road corridor near Orting.
A secondary goal is to remove portions of the existing levee system to allow the river to migrate back to historic floodplain areas that were cut off by the levees.
The upper Puyallup River supports a variety of salmonid species, including chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. Allowing reconnection of the floodplain will provide for opportunities for the increase in aquatic habitat within this reach of the river system.
This project is estimated to cost approximately $10.5 million.
To achieve the primary goals of this project, Pierce County has been engaged in property acquisitions along Neadham Road East. The project is currently in the final stages of acquiring the three remaining properties. Preliminary design is currently underway for the project area.
When these properties are acquired, the County will abandon Neadham Road East and remove portions of the existing levee to allow the river to flow more naturally. As of 2022, there are approximately 2,350 feet of levee to be removed.
Why This Project Matters
This section of the upper Puyallup River is highly dynamic and is actively migrating toward the right bank. The existing levee system provides less than a 100-year level of flood protection and has experienced substantial damages from past flood events, particularly in the 1990s and 2000s.
1995 - 2024: Property acquisition
2017: Project development and initiation
Current - 2024: Preliminary design phase
2024 - 2025: Final design and permitting
2026: Anticipated construction
Pierce County will be coordinating with the following partners on this project: