Flood repair work is expected to begin this month on several U.S. Forest Service roads on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, including four in the Methow Valley.
The roads suffered significant damage from fall 2015 and spring 2016 heavy snow melt-off and rain that caused debris flows, road washouts and other damage, the Forest Service said in a press release.
“We anticipate work starting on the north end of the forest on the Methow Valley Ranger District’s Cougar Creek No. 5008-200 and Chewuch No. 5160 roads early in October; with work on Finley Canyon No. 4100-300 and Black Canyon Roads No. 4010 to follow after that,” said Forest Engineering Staff Officer Jason Peterson.
“Work began this week on the Andy Creek Road #1382, located on the Naches Ranger District,” he added.
More than $1.1 million and contract administration for the repairs has been received through a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). The Forest Service and FHA anticipate having additional funded contracts in 2018 and 2019 to repair several other damaged sites.
During construction and repairs, expect heavy equipment and trucks along the roads, the Forest Service said. Short-term closures are anticipated for some road work.