Middle Fork Road

Middle Fork Road closures to start May 5

At long last, a construction project on 9.7 miles of the Middle Fork road is starting this spring! The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently awarded the contract and construction will begin in mid-April. The work will include repaving the roadway from milepost 2.7 just past the couplet at Lake Dorothy Road to the Middle Fork Campground, reconstructing two bridges, and replacing numerous culverts under the roadway.Construction will take place over the next three summers (2014-2016) and will include weekly road closures. The road will be open over the weekend, although you’ll need to plan ahead for any trips to the Middle Fork starting May 5.

2014 Road Closures

The Middle Fork Road will be closed to all public traffic starting as soon as May 5, 2014 and continuing through October 31, 2014 as follows.

Eastern Intersection of Lake Dorothy Road (Upper Couplet) to Middle Fork Campground

  • Road Closed: 12:00pm Monday — 12:00pm Friday
  • Road Open: 12:00pm Friday — 12:00pm Monday (be prepared for possible delays of up to 60 minutes)

CCC Trailhead to Middle Fork Campground

  • Road Closed: 7 Day a Week Closure from July 28, 2014 to September 26, 2014

Check out WTA’s interactive map of the closed areas.

Learn more about the paving project on FHWA’s website.

Project Benefits

This construction project has been a long-time in the making and will be a huge benefit not just to recreationists in the valley, but also to fish and wildlife. Paving the currently pothole-filled road up the valley will improve drainage, open fish passage for cutthroat trout migration, greatly enhance water quality, reduce future maintenance of the roadway, and create a smooth drive for families heading outdoors for a hike or picnic.

Recreation Improvements

Middle Fork Trail
Middle Fork Trail

The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Basin is located just 45 minutes from downtown Seattle and holds huge potential as a major recreation destination with its rugged mountain peaks, expansive forests, scenic river, and prime wildlife habitat. Once plagued by illegal dumping, target shooting, and drug use, the Middle Fork Valley has been transformed over the past 20 years through public land acquisitions, cleanup, and recreation planning.

To plan ahead for the increased use, a coalition of agencies and nonprofit groups are teaming up to raise funds for the Middle Fork. And we need your help!

Learn more and give to the Middle Fork!

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