The Clatsop county board approved a $728,092.50 contract with Henderson LLC of Lake Oswego for the flood control/wetland mitigation project on U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside.
The project will involve the removal of earthern berms and road fill along the Necanicum River and nearby property. The work is designed to allow water in the river to flow into the adjacent fields during rain-driven high-water periods and reduce flooding on the highway that often causes traffic restrictions. The neighboring property is owned by the North Coast Land Conservancy, which is participating in the project as part of a plan to restore wetland habitat to the former pastureland. Funding comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation wetland mitigation bank program.
The project's completion date is Sept. 30, 2013. Public Works Director Ed Wegner and County Engineer Ron Ash told the board that some work on the project could begin this month with some favorable weather.