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Countys mulls options for Towne Road, Dungeness levee

June 24th, 2014 - 5:28am

(SEQUIM) The County is preparing to relocate a levee that runs parallel to the Dungeness River, but before taking any action, County Commissioners will be seeking public input on the project.

Clallam County Road Engineer, Ross Tyler told comissioners yesterday they have several options when it comes to finishing the levee at the intersection of Towne Road in the Dungeness area.

The levee already has an existing gravel pathway, but that could be upgraded to a paved county road, which would add higher costs to the project. Tyler says other considerations include the access for farm vehicles that use the levee road to avoid traveling along Woodcock Road, and considerations for the portions of the levee that will impact land owned by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

As for Towne road, there are three basic options proposed by the County: Realign and connect it to Sequim Dungeness Way, do nothing with the road if the public is willing to accept the seasonal flooding or create a cul-de-sac at the school house on the north end and just north of the creamery on the south end, which would delete the in-between portion of Towne Road.

Tyler says the project will involve shifting the levee as much as 2300 feet to the east, depending on the area. The current levee is roughly 7000 feet long, and a little more than half of that will need to be relocated.

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