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Bucoda moves ahead with $3.7 million project to address flooding

FILE PHOTO: Det. Jason Casebolt of the Thurston County Sheriff's dive rescue team checks on Bucoda residents Rebekah Hadjimalis and Elmer Mooney as floodwaters from the Skookumchuck River surround their home on Market Street on Jan. 8, 2009.
FILE PHOTO: Det. Jason Casebolt of the Thurston County Sheriff's dive rescue team checks on Bucoda residents Rebekah Hadjimalis and Elmer Mooney as floodwaters from the Skookumchuck River surround their home on Market Street on Jan. 8, 2009. The Olympian

The town of Bucoda is moving forward with its Main Street reconstruction project for flood mitigation.

Last week the town, along with the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority, issued a request for engineering and construction service for the $3.7 million project.

The project will address how flooding of the Skookumchuck River closes Main Street near the 11th Street intersection, isolating 50 homes from emergency services. During the massive 2009 flood, the homes were cut off from Bucoda for two days.

The project includes elevating 1,200 feet of its Main Street and 300 feet of 11th Street 1 to 2 feet to a minimum elevation of 246 feet.

Two culverts or bridges also are proposed for mitigating the floodwaters. Retaining walls may need to be installed with the culverts or bridges.

Intersections, alleys, sidewalks and driveways may also need to be raised. Parking along the roadway would likely be eliminated.

Private property will also have to be acquired to reconstruct the road.

The $3.7 million project price includes design, construction, management, administration, property acquisition and other associated costs. Funding is allocated through the Flood Authority.

The project is estimated to be complete in the summer of 2017.

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