Environmental Services replaced a culvert at NE 33rd Drive where it crosses the Buffalo Slough, a southern arm of the Columbia Slough. The old culvert was too small and too high — all that water, trying to get through that little round metal culvert. This warmed up the Slough and caused water quality problems. The old culvert also prevented fish and wildlife passage. The slough is home to native fish, mussels, turtles and many bird species.
The NE 33rd Drive culvert, before construction
The new box style culvert is 12 feet high and its design that allows plenty of water flow that improves water quality and fish passage. Construction required deep excavation, a temporary dam, extreme care around existing utility and fiber optic lines, and constant pumping of the high ground water in this area. The project also included building new sidewalks on NE 33rd Drive and street-side planters that manage stormwater runoff on both sides of the street. See the photos of the new culvert below, and learn more about the NE 33rd Drive Culvert Project here.
The 33rd Drive culvert, after construction