Levee Work To Cut Number Of Sites At KOA

Looking south along the Lower Russell Road levee on the Green River during a 2006 high-water event.

Construction is expected to start next year in Kent, Wash., on the most expensive, massive and complicated Green River levee project since work to improve flood control began about 10 years ago, according to the Kent Reporter.

The estimated $52 million Lower Russell Road Levee improvement will include relocating and reconstructing the city’s 10-acre Van Doren’s Landing Park; installing 1,000 feet of flood wall; moving 400,000 yards of material; relocating 30 campground sites at the Seattle/Tacoma Kampgrounds of America (KOA); moving the historic Dvorak Barn; and creating a fish habitat.

“This is the largest project that the city has worked on with the flood district and I believe the largest project the flood district has tackled – so it’s massive,” said City Public Works Director Tim LaPorte during a Nov. 20 report to the City Council. ” It’s roughly half of the size of their entire capital budget.”

The Seattle/Tacoma KOA campground will lose about 30 sites because of the wider levee, LaPorte said.

“It’s one of the very few campgrounds that’s in an urban area where you can pull in and go up to Seattle,” LaPorte said. “They have a fairly thriving business and they want to stay there.”

To replace the lost camp sites, the flood district and city plan to acquire property and then swap property in the city’s Green River Natural Resources Area that the KOA will use.

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