An example of a under-road passage way for river water along Grouse Ridge Road, just outside of North Bend. Courtesy Photo

An example of a under-road passage way for river water along Grouse Ridge Road, just outside of North Bend. Courtesy Photo

Department of Natural Resources plans road improvements east of North Bend

The DNR is requesting $5.5 million for road improvements near the State Fire Training Academy.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is requesting $5.5 million from the state Legislature for road improvements near the Washington State Fire Training Academy.

The funding would go toward improvements to and around Grouse Ridge Road, built in the 1940s east of North Bend. The project aims to upgrade 2.5 miles of the road while replacing nine undersized culverts and three fish passage barriers. Seven cross drains also will be replaced and two more cross drains will be added to control sediment entering the south fork of the Snoqualmie River. Preventing sediment from entering the river will keep the water clear and preserve the habitat for fish.

Kenny Ocker, communications manager for DNR, said the work will contribute to environmental benefits while also improving access for vehicles.

“The cross drains will keep the road from draining directly into the watershed, which should filter out pollutants naturally before they get into the streams,” Ocker said.

The road provides access from North Bend to the west and the Fire Training Academy to the east. Because of the age of the road, it had fallen behind the standards of the DNR’s road maintenance and abandonment planning standards and the forest practices and clean water standards.

If funding is granted during this legislative session, construction will begin in April 2020. The project, Ocker said, would clear up more than a mile of new fish habitat in the south fork of the Snoqualmie River by its projected completion date of October 2020.

Grouse Ridge Road is also the only way to access the Fire Training Academy and is an access point to 900 acres of state Natural Resource Conservation Area lands and 400 acres of state trust lands. DNR will work with the Washington State Patrol, the agency that operates the Fire Training Academy, to implement the improvement plan.




In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

A map of the planned Grouse Ridge Road improvements showing the locations of the various culvert sites along the road. Courtesy Photo

A map of the planned Grouse Ridge Road improvements showing the locations of the various culvert sites along the road. Courtesy Photo

A map of the planned Grouse Ridge Road improvements showing the locations of the various culvert sites along the road. Courtesy Photo

A map of the planned Grouse Ridge Road improvements showing the locations of the various culvert sites along the road. Courtesy Photo

More in News

James Aquirre (middle left) being sworn in by Police Chief Perry Phipps (middle right) at a city council meeting on Aug. 9, 2021. File photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record.
Investigators secure video evidence in Snoqualmie officer-involved shooting

Investigators with the King County Independent Force Investigation Team (IFIT) said they… Continue reading

file photo
Department of Health announces QR code verification program to prove vaccination status

WA Verify is intended to make vaccine verification simpler and more efficient.

Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5 on Nov. 22 near Everett. Dan Bates/The Herald
Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic

Drivers and ferry riders could be in for long waits, depending on when they go.

Patti Cole-Trindall
King County Executive appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as interim sheriff

Cole-Tindall has a background in the sheriff’s office and county government.

Comparison map between current district map and proposed draft. (Screenshot from King County’s website)
King County proposes redistricting map, asks for feedback from public

Public invited to comment at November 30 public hearing.

King County Councilmember-elect Sarah Perry and a celebration photo, courtesy of her campaign manager Robby Paige.
Sarah Perry pushes 20-year incumbent out of King County Council District 3 position

By Hannah Saunders, For Sound Publishing Following her first campaign for a… Continue reading

Tony Persson, general manager of the North Bend Ace Hardware. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record.
Lack of transit, housing crisis and pandemic fuel local labor shortage

There are nearly 3,000 unfilled positions in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Photo of Boalch Avenue in North Bend, part of the Meadowbrook neighborhood. Courtesy of the City of North Bend
North Bend City Council delays vote on joining Meadowbrook ULID

For years, private property owners have tried to extend public sewer system into neighborhood.

A Snoqualmie Officer was involved in a shooting Tuesday night, Nov. 16. Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Police Department.
Man killed by Snoqualmie Police was homeless, living in car

The 33-year-old man who was killed by a Snoqualmie police officer late… Continue reading

Most Read