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County seeks public input to help determine runoff relief measures in Ski Hill Basin area »

Chelan County – Flood Control Zone District
1/25/2021

County seeks public input to help determine runoff relief measures in Ski Hill Basin area

LEAVENWORTH – The public is invited to participate in a survey that will be used in completing an analysis that will identify solutions to reduce the impacts of water runoff coming from the Ski Hill Basin in Leavenworth.

The analysis, paid for by the Chelan County Flood Control Zone District (FCZD), was started in 2019 and now has reached a critical point where input from the community is sought. Six alternatives have been identified that will mitigate, to various degrees and costs, flooding in the Ski Hill Basin. The public is asked to evaluate those alternatives.

Comments are being taken via a GIS StoryMap, which uses maps and descriptions to explain the water runoff problems in the Ski Hill Basin. It can be accessed online at the link below, or via the FCZD website (www.co.chelan.wa.us/flood-control-zone-district). The FCZD asks people to complete the survey by Feb. 26.

“We’re especially interested in hearing from those people living and working in the Ski Hill Basin and our partners in the Leavenworth community,” said Bob Bugert, Chelan County commissioner and FCZD supervisor. “Important mitigation efforts like these include gathering thoughts and opinions from the community.”

Located just north of the city of Leavenworth, the Ski Hill Basin stretches from the Cascade Range to the Wenatchee River. It includes national forest lands and the Ski Hill Lodge as well as residential and commercial areas. In most recent years, the area west of Titus Road has seen much residential development and growth.

In years past, basin homeowners have reported some flooding issues typically occurring during rapid snow melt in late winter and early spring. Water runoff in the basin also has overwhelmed county ditches and culverts, causing mud and debris to go across the road and impact traffic. The 2017 Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan, also a project of the FCZD, identified Ski Hill as a top priority for flood mitigation efforts and called for an analysis of the basin to form an action plan for reducing flooding impacts to public and private property within Chelan County and the city limits of Leavenworth.

Resources:
Ski Hill Basin Analysis webpage
StoryMap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jill
FitzSimmons, PIO Date: 01/25/2021
509-667-6415, jill.fizsimmons@co.chelan.wa.us

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WSDOT Active Transportation Plan is Rolling – Webinars Available »

People who are interested in the future of active transportation in Washington are invited to comment on a draft of the new State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond. The plan serves as the needs assessment for accessible pedestrian and bicyclist facilities. Deadline for comments is Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, 5 p.m.

WSDOT has established an online open house to provide plan information for review with an accessible PDF of the draft document and a SurveyMonkey form for feedback.

WSDOT will host virtual events during which staff will provide an orientation to the draft plan document and share information on the safety, mobility, and accessibility issues the plan is intended to address. Register at the links below.

Webinar 2: Noon 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
Webinar 3: 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Wi-Fi hot spot visit the list maintained by the state Department of Commerce. During the overview sessions slides will be presented with captioning and descriptions of visual content. Participants will be able to submit questions and comments using the chat function in the presentation software. A PDF of the slides will be linked in the online open house in advance; webinars will be recorded and available online after they’re completed.

The plan’s materials can be made available in an alternate format by emailing the Office of Equal Opportunity at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll free, 855-362-4ADA(4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711. (More on Title VI and ADA)

The new plan comes during a time when more people than ever are walking and bicycling, both as alternatives to transit use and to maintain physical and mental health during the pandemic. WSDOT’s multimodal transportation dashboard shows dramatic increases in usage at locations around the state where permanent counters provide a comparison from 2019 to 2020.

At the same time, a preliminary assessment reported in the annual active transportation safety report found that fatal crashes involving those vulnerable road users appear to be occurring in 2020 in higher numbers than the averages for 2010-2019. The draft plan’s emphasis on safety and complete, comfortable connections addresses the types of issues these numbers serve to highlight.

Thank you for your interest in safer and more accessible connections for walking and rolling. Your comments are critical to the final plan and future implementation steps.

Barb Chamberlain
Director – Active Transportation Division
WA State Dept. of Transportation


Now Hiring: Parks & Recreation Service Area Community Recreation Coordinator »

The City of Leavenworth, an equal opportunity employer, is seeking applicants for a Parks & Recreation Service Area (PRSA) Community Recreation Coordinator to help establish a strategy for the future continuation of the PRSA. The position is expected to review, research, and understand existing recreation facilities, clubs, and plans for the Upper Valley and engage the community in a visioning process. The Coordinator position is expected to thoroughly engage the Upper Valley Community and work with the Board to prepare for a new PRSA tax levy in the Spring of 2022.  

Review the full Job Description

To apply, applicants should send a cover letter, hourly rate, and resume to:

Ana Cortez, City Administrator
acortez@cityofleavenworth.com

Subject Line: PRSA JOB




Rock scaling work on US 2 east of Leavenworth delayed due to weather – UPDATE »

Alert Updated 6:37 am 1/13/2021

Construction US 2 both directions

On US 2 between milepost 102 and 103 (east of Leavenworth), Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., expect flagger controlled traffic and delays of 20 minutes where a contractor is performing emergency rock scaling work at the location of last week’s mudslide. Work previously planned for Tuesday and Wednesday was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

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TRAVEL ADVISORY
Jan. 12, 2021

Contacts: Lauren Loebsack – Communications (509) 860-0000

Rock scaling work on US 2 east of Leavenworth delayed due to weather

LEAVENWORTH – Severe winter weather throughout the region has forced the delay of the scheduled rock scaling work on the slope east of Leavenworth. Tuesday’s work has been delayed, and the project is now planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

A contractor for the Washington State Department of Transportation will perform scaling work 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday as conditions allow. Traffic control to complete this project will require delays of 20 minutes. Travelers between Leavenworth and Wenatchee should plan longer than normal travel times during working hours.

Updates will be shared on the travel alert page, and on Twitter @WSDOT_East.

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Rock scaling work on US 2 east of Leavenworth will cause delays this week »

Rock scaling work on US 2 east of Leavenworth will cause delays this week

LEAVENWORTH– Rock scaling work on a slope east of Leavenworth will require lane and shoulder closures of US 2 and cause delays Tuesday and Wednesday.

A contractor for the Washington State Department of Transportation will perform rock scaling at the site of last week’s mudslide at milepost 102. Working hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This work will require the closure of the roadway for twenty minutes at a time. Travelers between Leavenworth and Wenatchee should plan for delays and longer than normal travel times during working hours.

Updates will be shared on the travel alert page, and on Twitter @WSDOT_East.

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Maintenance US 2 Both Directions on Thursday 1/7/2021 »

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Jan. 6, 2021

Contacts: Lauren Loebsack – Communications (509) 860-0000

Mudslide clean up on US 2 east of Leavenworth will cause delays Thursday

Leavenworth – Clean up work on a mudslide that occurred east of Leavenworth will require road closures of US 2 on Thursday.

Monday’s mudslide, located near milepost 102, caused mud and debris to overtop the guardrail and spill out into the road. The material on the road was removed Monday and a barrier was put in place to hold back the rest of the debris. A maintenance crew for the Washington State Department of Transportation will work Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to clear the slide materials.

This work will require the closure of the roadway for twenty minutes at a time. Travelers between Leavenworth and Wenatchee should expect delays and longer than normal travel times during working hours.

Updates will be shared on the travel alert page, and on Twitter @WSDOT_East.

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