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Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

MARCH 11, 2016

Andy Ritchie, project hydrologist with the National Park Service at Olympic National Park, EXPLAINED THAT DAM REMOVAL HAS ALLOWED THE RIVER NOT ONLY TO RUN FREE, BUT TO GATHER WOOD, SEDIMENT AND ROCK FROM ITS WATERSHED — TOOLS WITH WHICH IT IS REWORKING ITS CHANNEL.

THE ELWHA IS MUSCLING BACK AND FORTH, “BATTERING” ITS BANKS WITH ENTIRE TREES IT CHEWS DOWN, and building massive jams of logs. “It’s alive,” Ritchie said.

ENJOY THIS PICTURE OF WHAT’S BATTERED AND WHAT’S IS BATTERING


US 101 Elwha River Bridge

A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News) DEC 30, 2016

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What’s wrong with these pictures?

US 101 Elwha River Bridge WSDOT website

US 101 Elwha River Bridge

MISLEADING PICTURE?

MISLEADING PICTURE?
Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge. by Associated Press. Sunday, December 25th 2016. Photo shows the Highway 101 bridge over the …

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Forks council joins call for new Elwha bridge, new alignment …

www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/forkscouncil-joins-call-for-new-elwhabridge-new-…

Dec 30, 2016 – PORT ANGELES — The Forks City Council has joined the chorus of … state to replace the battered U.S. Highway 101 Elwha River bridge on a …

www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/forks-council-joins-call-for-new-elwhabridge-new-…

DEC 30, 2016… THE STATE TO REPLACE THE “BATTERED” U.S. HIGHWAY 101 ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE … at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-elwhariverbridge, shows a new bridge built …

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HERE ARE THE LINKS TO MAKE A WSDOT PUBLIC COMMENT

WSDOT – Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

www.wsdot.wa.gov › Regions › Olympic Region › Olympic Region – Construction

3 days ago – CONSTRUCTION No active construction projects are occurring at this time. MAINTENANCE Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: …

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  1. For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.

2. US 101 Elwha River Bridge

3. Information for the US 101 Elwha River Bridge is available at the following web page that features

All of three of the links above take you to the same place (screen)

LINK TAKES YOU HERE SEE THAT “COMMENTS” BELOW squint it’s in small print.

It is where I finally made my  disgruntled comment to WSDOT.

US 101 Elwha River Bridge

US 101 Elwha River Bridge

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WHAT A NICE MISLEADING PICTURE

WHEN WAS THE ABOVE WSDOT ELWHA BRIDGE PICTURE TAKEN?

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ANOTHER NICE MISLEADING PICTURE

WHEN WAS THE BELOW ELWHA BRIDGE PICTURE TAKEN?

Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge | KOMO

komonews.com/news/local/replacement-is-preferredoption-for-elwhariverbridge

Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge. by Associated Press. Sunday, December 25th 2016. Photo shows the Highway 101 bridge over the …

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I finally found this on line today documentation  and facts

 US 101 Elwha River Bridge – Library

Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

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Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20151123/…/311239985

Peninsula Daily News

Nov 22, 2015Peninsula Daily News

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The Elwha River flexed its new muscles during the most recent round of storms and severely damaged Olympic Hot Springs Road and effectively buried a campground in silt.

When the water receded, Olympic National Park officials discovered the water had washed out a 60-foot-long section of Olympic Hot Springs Road, and much of Elwha Campground had nearly disappeared under more than a foot of silt and debris, Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for the park, had said over the weekend.

“Other areas in the [Elwha] valley have seen damage — extensive damage,” Maynes said.

Maynes said there is no established timeline yet for repairs or reopening damaged Elwha roads and campgrounds.

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MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD,

Elwha Valley access limited after river wrecks campgrounds, road  VIEW

Olympic National Park is grappling with recreation choices as the restored river gives lessons in co-existing with nature. Here’s how to find your way in…

ELWHA VALLEY, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK —

THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD, DEVOURING THE MAIN ROAD INTO THE ELWHA VALLEY AT OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, AND DEMOLISHING TWO CAMPGROUNDS.

AND THAT WAS JUST IN ITS FIRST WINTER FLOOD SINCE DAM REMOVAL.

THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME, CREATING A QUANDARY FOR PARK OFFICIALS CHALLENGED WITH PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS INTO THE RIVER VALLEY THE PUBLIC JUST PAID $350 MILLION TO RESTORE.

Andy Ritchie, project hydrologist with the National Park Service at Olympic National Park, EXPLAINED THAT DAM REMOVAL HAS ALLOWED THE RIVER NOT ONLY TO RUN FREE, BUT TO GATHER WOOD, SEDIMENT AND ROCK FROM ITS WATERSHED — TOOLS WITH WHICH IT IS REWORKING ITS CHANNEL.

THE ELWHA IS MUSCLING BACK AND FORTH, BATTERING ITS BANKS WITH ENTIRE TREES IT CHEWS DOWN, and building massive jams of logs. “It’s alive,” Ritchie said.

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SINCE THE DAM REMOVAL , THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME, CREATING A QUANDARY

I found this on line today documentation  and facts  US 101 Elwha River Bridge – Library

Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

On Dec. 20, 2016, WSDOT announced that Alternatives 1-4 had been removed from further consideration. Alternatives 5, 6 and 7 are continuing to be evaluated based on public input, funding availability, environmental considerations, the condition of the existing bridge and detour routes, real estate requirements, and other factors.

Historical Timeline of Events:
1913 – Elwha Dam was built
1926 – The US 101 Elwha River Bridge was built
1927 – Glines Canyon Dam was built
1954 – US 101 Elwha River Bridge was widened from a 20-foot bridge to 28 feet
2012 – Elwha Dam was removed
2014 – GLINES CANYON DAM WAS REMOVED

 TODAY THE RIVER ROARS THROUGH THE TIGHT ROCK CANYON ONCE PLUGGED BY ELWHA DAM.

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2014 – GLINES CANYON DAM WAS REMOVED

Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

SINCE THE NOV 17, 2015

PDN Reported this on Nov.23, 2015

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MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD

AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME…

CREATING A QUANDARY?

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SEP 28, 2016

Crews examining erosion at Elwha River bridge to cause series of …

www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/crews-examining-erosion-at-elwhariverbridge-to-c…

SEP 28, 2016PORT ANGELES —SEDIMENT WASHING DOWN FROM THE FORMER LAKE ALDWELL HAS ERODED THE AREAS AROUND THE PIERS FOR THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE ON …

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Elwha River bridge could need replacement after dam removal | Q13 …

q13fox.com/2016/10/…/elwhariverbridge-could-need-replacement-after-dam-remo…

OCT 20, 2016  PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Officials say the U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River could need replacement or retrofitting

NOW THAT TWO DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that THE NOW-WILD RIVER is eroding the riverbed under the bridge. When state Department of Transportation crews drilled bore samples earlier this month, they learned that the bridge’s two piers sit atop gravel — not bedrock, as they had hoped.

The bridge was built in 1926, after the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams were constructed. With THE DAMS REMOVED AS PART OF A $325 MILLION NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PROJECT TO RESTORE THE ELWHA RIVER TO ITS WILD STATE, the state has placed boulders at the base of the piers to stem erosion. But that’s just a short term fix.

The DOT says the bridge remains safe to drive on. EXPERTS ARE MONITORING it closely to detect any movement.

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WSDOT – Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

www.wsdot.wa.gov › Regions › Olympic Region › Olympic Region – Construction

2 days ago – View Clallam County construction map (pdf 270 kb) CONSTRUCTIONDESCRIPTION: ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MONITORING. Work schedule: No …

Highway: US 101 Region:OlympicCounty: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 238.7 to 239.5
Contact: Doug Adamson, 360-357-2716
Description: ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MONITORING
Work schedule: No scheduled impacts.

For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.

Preventive measures
The increased water flow resulting from two dams being removed from the river have caused much material to wash downstream. Since 2012, the riverbed at the bridge has lowered 14 feet.

The lowered riverbed revealed the piers’ seals, promoting WSDOT to do borings to verify the depth of the foundations. The borings, done in October 2016, revealed that the foundations are on gravel, not bedrock. This finding was in contrast to what the original 1926 engineering plans showed. As a result, WSDOT immediately installed over 3,300 tons of riprap (large boulders) around both piers to help prevent further erosion. Additional monitoring using tilt meters, crack meters, water flow meters, surveys and visual observations are also taking place.

The End Result
WSDOT is exploring several options to keep traffic moving around the Olympic Peninsula. We believe that a reliable US 101 crossing over the Elwha River is vital to the well-being of the communities on the Olympic Peninsula. To that end, we have removed Alternatives 1, 2, and 3 (options that did not include a bridge) from further consideration because they do not meet that need. Additionally, we have removed Alternative 4 (retrofitting the existing bridge) as a long-term solution due to the 90-year-old age of the structure.

We are still evaluating the three remaining options that include building a new bridge using three different approaches. We do not have a firm timeline for a decision, but are moving forward aggressively.

COMMENT…CLICK BELOW…

We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

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YEP…THE EXPERTS ARE MONITORING…..

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Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge | KOMO

komonews.com/news/local/replacement-is-preferred-option-for-elwhariverbridge

Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25TH 2016.PHOTO SHOWS THE HIGHWAY 101 BRIDGE OVER THE …

THE Peninsula Daily News REPORTS THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RECEIVED NEARLY 300 PUBLIC COMMENTS ON WHETHER TO ABANDON, RETROFIT OR REPLACE THE DILAPIDATED U.S. HIGHWAY 101 ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE. IF ABANDONED, TRAFFIC WOULD BE REROUTED ONTO STATE HIGHWAY 112.

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State officials tell of possibility Elwha River bridge will be closed …

www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/state-officials-tell-of-possibility-elwhariverbridge-…

NOV 11, 2016 – PORT ANGELES — If the Elwha River bridge on U.S. Highway 101 west … also close as crews eventually work to retrofit or replace the bridge.

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Jan 11, 2017 The bottom line

MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD

AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME…

CREATING A QUANDARY?

Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.

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