A key section of the well-traveled Veazie-Cumberland Road will soon be closed for five weeks while work crews replace culverts under the busy stretch of rural pavement.
The north-south corridor serves as a vital link between Enumclaw, rural properties to the north and the recreational areas in both Nolte and Kanaskat-Palmer state parks.
According to King County Road Servies, approximately 3,000 vehicles travel the pavement daily. It originates as Farman Road in the Enumclaw city limits, takes the designation as 284th Avenue Southeast in the county and carries the Veazie-Cumberland moniker as it heads into the pastoral area northeast of town.
The road will be blocked at Southeast 392nd Street at the north and Southeast 416th Street on the southern end.
The road closure begins at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 18 and has an anticipated opening of 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.
The King County Department of Transportation will mark an official detour route, primarily using state Route 169, Southeast 416th and Southeast 400th/392nd to direct motorists around the closure. Local residents will know a series of smaller, less-traveled roads that allow movement between north and south.
The project carries an estimated cost of about $410,000 and is part of the countywide Drainage Preservation Program. Three existing culverts, which allow a fork of Newaukum Creek to flow under the road, will be replaced with concrete culverts measuring 19 feet wide and 6 feet tall.
Information about the project can be found by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/services/transportation-roads and clicking on “road alerts.”