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Category: Events and Notices - Legal and Public Notices
Posted: 06/25/2017


Publication Date: June 25, 2017


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seven days of filing the appeal pursuant to SCC 30.61.305(1). For projects requiring a shoreline permit,

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The Snohomish County Public Works Customer Service Center is located on the 2nd Floor of the

RobertJ.DrewelBuildingat3000 Rockefeller Avenue,Everett,Washington.


SnohomishCountyPublic Works


3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 607




Phone: (425) 388-3488


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(Pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 30.70.050(2) and 30.61 SCC)


Project Name:Index-Galena RoadMilepost 6.4-6.9


Project Number: RC 1532


Project Description:SnohomishCountyPublic Works proposes to construct a relocated roadway that will

extend from an area in proximity to the lower washout at Index-Galena Road Milepost 6.4 to an area in proximity

to the upper washout at Milepost 6.9. The roadway will be relocated landward from the North Fork Skykomish

River outside of the floodplain and channel migration zone. The roadway is located in unincorporated

Snohomish County,Washington, upstream from the town ofIndex. The relocated roadway will re-establish

road connectivity onIndex-Galena Roadfor residences, emergency service providers, recreationists, and land

managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).


The improvements will include shifting the existing roadway alignment to the south away from the river to

establish a relocated roadway upslope from the damaged road. At the beginning point of the relocation, the

roadway will ascend the sideslopes at a 9 percent grade to raise the roadway out of the 100-year floodplain and

channel migration zone. To accommodate the re-alignment, the project will require extensive soil excavation

and would place fill in other areas.


A newIndex-Galena Road/Trout Creek Roadintersection would be constructed to allow for future continued

use ofTrout Creek Roadby the USFS to carry out its long-term land management plans in the Trout Creek

sub-basin. The relocated roadway will cross sideslopes and parallel the existing roadway. Non-fish bearing

streams will be crossed by the alignment. A new 180-foot bridge with a deep drilled-shaft foundation will be

constructed at a stream crossing near Station 54+00, at the east end of the project.


The proposed roadway design is based on design standards contained in the 2001 AASHTO Guidelines for

Geometric Design of Very Low-Volume Roadways (ADT < 400). The use of these design standards responds

to comments made by the public during the NEPA scoping period to consider use of design standards that

would help to reduce the footprint of the proposed roadway relocation repair.


The proposed design will include a pavement width of 22 feet with 10-foot travel lanes and 1-foot shoulders.

Additional land area will be required to install guardrail where warranted. The roadway posted speed limit will

be 35 MPH.


The proposed project’s new alignment on USFS lands in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will require

a new right-of-way easement from the USFS toSnohomishCountythrough Federal Highway Administration

(FHWA). The existing right-of-way easement would be combined with the new easement area and includes the

damaged roadway that will be decommissioned and restored where feasible to natural riparian conditions. The

restored areas and adjacent areas downslope from the roadway will be used for roadway stormwater runoff

dispersion and will be permanently protected from future development.


Once the decommissioned roadway surface is removed, soil decompaction and placementof organic

materials, including forest duff salvaged during clearing and grading, will prepare the site for restoration

planting. This riparian mitigation will restore a forested riparian corridor adjacent to the North Fork Skykomish

River. Where planting is not feasible, natural riparian conditions will be restored with the asphalt removal.

Large woody debris will be placed to enhance in-stream habitat and will be placed within restoration areas to

enhance wildlife habitat.


SCPW proposes mitigation that would restore disturbed areas on site and use of an approved mitigation bank

for unavoidable permanent wetland, stream and buffer impacts.


TITLE OF DOCUMENTS BEING ADOPTED: NEPA Environmental Assessment - Index-Galena Road

Milepost 6.4-6.9Snohomish County,Washington(NEPA EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)


Project Location: The project site is located in southeasternSnohomish County,Washington, approximately 35

miles southeast ofEverett, in theNorth ForkSkykomishRivervalley. The proposal is located in Sections 35

and 36, Township 28 North, Range 10 East, WillametteMeridian.


Type of Project: Public Works Project – Roadway


Completeness Date: June 5, 2017


Permits/Approvals Required: Land disturbing activity permit; other applicable federal, state and local permits


SEPA Decision: June 7, 2017


Project Comment Period: June 25 – July 17, 2017


SEPA Appeal Period: There is no opportunity for appeal at this time. Pursuant to SCC 30.61.300(10), SEPA

appeals related to a shoreline substantial development permit shall be submitted to the state shorelines

hearings board together with appeal of the underlying shoreline permit.


Senior Planner: Crilly Ritz 425-262-2476


Senior Planner e-mail:



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