Breaking Ground on the Lower Russell Levee Project
Flood protection and ecological and recreational benefits
Today Mayor Dana Ralph and King County Flood Control District Executive Committee members Reagan Dunn and Dave Upthegrove broke ground on the lower Russell Road levee project. This 1.4-mile project will transform the area along the Green River between South 212th Street and Veterans Drive, providing flood protection and ecological and recreational benefits.
The first phase of the project includes construction of a floodwall and a watermain. Once fully completed, the project will include:
- 500-year flood protection through the construction of the floodwall and earthen levee
- Habitat restoration through large salmon habitat back channels with native plantings and large wood structures along the river
- Recreation and open space through a relocated Van Doren’s Landing Park
- A separated trail for pedestrians and cyclists, away from the roadway, providing a safer and more relaxing experience for recreation
- Flood protection of the region’s economy for the industrial, manufacturing and commercial areas of the Kent Valley
The north part of the project is within the City’s Green River Natural Resource area, and the new levee will align closely with the existing gravel trails through the site. It will also pass next to the north bird watching tower, giving people a much better opportunity to see across our 300 acres of wildlife refuge and stormwater facility.
Van Doren’s Park will be rebuilt and include a new picnic shelter and other fantastic recreation amenities, including a pickleball court and a bird watching tower along the river. A new boat ramp for hand-carried boats will also be built south of the park for kayaks and canoes.
We’ll keep you updated on our progress for this exciting project!