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Posted 7/20/2016

Release no. 16-026


SEATTLE.– The Dykstra Levee System in King County, Washington, is getting a makeover starting July, 25, 2016 when U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ officials begin repairing three sections totaling approximately 850 feet of damage along the Green River during the months of August 2016 thru January 2017.

The Dykstra Levee is located in the vicinity of Dykstra Park in Auburn along the Green River’s left bank. The $1.9 million dollar project will restore the levee to a 200-year level of flood protection in order to protect lives and property from subsequent flooding. In the current damaged condition, the levee offers a two-year level of flood protection, or a 50 percent chance of exceedance in a given year.

The downstream portion of the levee is adjacent to a public park and the remainder of the levee is located near private residences. Portions of Dykstra Park will be fenced off in order to stage construction equipment for the project.

Even though the project begins in early August, residents will see equipment and vehicles being staged in the area during the last week of July. Residents are advised not to use the project area for water recreation while repairs are in progress. Some construction-related traffic disruptions may be present and motorists may see flaggers and signs around the area of construction.   

Throughout the project, construction activity will vary between the three repair sites. The Corps and King County will provide updates as that information comes available.