Frequently asked questions
Heavy storms in 2011 washed out 160 feet of NE Old Cascade Highway, and changed the course of the East Fork Miller River. King County set up temporary road closures on both sides of the river to keep visitors out of the area. Now it is time to build permanent turnaround points in the area.
It would cost up to $60 million to replace the 100-year-old historic Miller River Bridge and approaches on both sides of East Fork Miller River. The county received $4.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to improve flood resilience and traffic safety in the area. The funds will be used to install new culverts and other features that will help prevent heavy storms and floods from damaging the area in the future.
The historic Miller River Bridge will remain in place. This project does not remove the bridge. The river changed course in 2011, and no longer flows under the bridge. The county may eventually remove the historic bridge in the future. Removing the 100-year-old bridge requires a cultural resource and historic preservation review before it can be dismantled. Funding for the review and the costs involved with removing the very old bridge is not currently available.
The road washed out in 2011. It took several years to design the project and secure funding from FEMA. In addition, the project required the county to get easements from local property owners and, in some cases, purchase land. All of this takes time to complete.
No. There will always be access to both campgrounds and the National Forest. The one exception is when crews close NE Old Cascade Highway to make room for a full-size construction crane. The crane is needed to install large concrete sections of the box culvert. We expect no more than two full road closures, each closure will be up to four (4) hours long.
Any community member or resident that wishes to obtain pavement grindings from the project contractor would first need to obtain a grading permit from King County’s Department of Local Services, Permitting Division. The permitting process determines if it is safe to repurpose the old asphalt for private use. Asphalt grindings are considered hazardous waste that must be re-processed before they can be recycled for private use.