Orville Road East between Kapowsin Highway and state Route 161 remains closed to through traffic due to a large mudslide blocking the road.
The mudslide is located near the south end of Ohop Lake about a mile and a half north of state Route 161. The road is closed to all traffic at that location.
The Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department expects to reopen the road by April 15. This date could change if severe weather or additional slide activity occurs. Thank you for your patience.
Visit www.PierceCountywa.gov/OrvilleSlide for the latest information and to sign up for email updates.
A geotechnical engineer evaluated the stability of the site March 23.
A tree contractor removed several trees Monday (March 28). Cleanup work starts Tuesday (March 29).
Access for residents
For local residents traveling south, Orville Road East is open until Clay City Road East.
Local residents located to the south of Ohop Lake should use State Route 161.
Other mudslides cleaned up
Additional mudslides blocked lanes or shoulders of Orville Road East following significant rain the week of Feb. 28. Crews have cleaned up all mudslides located to the north of Clay City Road East.
Turn around and use a different route if you come across a mudslide.
Please contact the Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department at (253) 798-6000 or www.PierceCountyWa.gov/Works if you see a mudslide or other roadway issue.