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Frank
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PostTue Apr 07, 2009 3:14 pm 
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The Final Feasibility Study for Index-Galena Rd is posted on the web site. It contains a recommendation to relocate the road upslope into the hillside, away from the river. You can find the full document on the web site - www.snoco.org, search "Index-Galena" or use this link http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Public_Works/Services/Roads/Projects/indexgalenard.htm
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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 8:43 am 
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Good to see that things are (slowly) moving forward with Index/Galena.  Maybe someday I'll actually be able to get to Mineral City and Silver Creek without riding a bike a several miles just to get to where we used to park wink.gif
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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 8:53 pm 
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Thanks for the update Frank.  Good to know it's taken 2.5 years to figure out they have to move the road away from the river.  Well duh!  hockeygrin.gif

MP 6 is going to wipe out the road there too, so hopefully it will be fixed before that happens.  I wonder if that section is being worked on at the same time.  I suppose that would be too much to ask for.   dizzy.gif

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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 10:17 pm 
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As of May 1, 2007
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Due to the complex engineering, environmental and funding issues, as well as permitting processes, it will take at least five and possibly 10 years for repairs to be completed and the road opened for public use.

Gonna be some real wilderness up there, by the time that road gets done.     mad.gif

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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 10:24 pm 
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Since we have already had two "hundred year floods" just nine years into this century, who wants to bet that the road will wash out again before it's even open?  hmmm.gif   Bottom line: get used to diminished access. It's only going to get worse.

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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 12:31 am 
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huh.gif  fourteen alternatives and only fourty seven pages.  The forest service's study as for the white chuck is twohundred fourty three pages and has only four alternatives..what's up with that. clown.gif
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PostMon Apr 13, 2009 2:42 pm 
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Nothing surprising in this study. I attended a meeting a few months after that flood and a guy from Snohomish County said that if Wild Sky got passed that it would make it easier to get funding for the road repair.

Well..now we have Wild Sky and no road to get in for many years to come. I guess all those folks who were worried that Wilderness designation would reduce their access were right  rolleyes.gif

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PostMon Apr 13, 2009 9:12 pm 
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How far beyond Index is the road closed?

I thought I saw a TR from Hulksmash about going up the Trout Creek road but I can't remember whether he was able to drive up there or had to walk...

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PostMon Apr 13, 2009 9:44 pm 
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It's closed at 6.3 miles.  You can drive up Trout Creek Rd. if you have a decent 4x4 or about 1/4 mile if you don't.

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PostTue Apr 14, 2009 12:35 am 
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If you do have a decent 4x4.  Be warned anything beyond the Sunset mine is Wilderness area, so driving past there is a no no.
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PostTue Apr 14, 2009 1:05 am 
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That road's going to be gated and closed very soon anyway.  It's been a mystery how it's remained opens as long as it has considering how dangerous that area is around the mine.

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PostSat Jun 27, 2009 11:27 am 
Index-Galena Road Open House, 2009 July 14
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Here's an excerpt from an e-mail I just got:
__________________________________
You're invited!

Open House
Tuesday, July 14
6 – 8 p.m.
Monroe Senior Center
824 Village Way, Monroe

The open house format will give you the opportunity to arrive anytime after 6 p.m., view exhibits, speak with individual project team members and provide comments. There will not be a formal presentation.

For more information, contact:
• Tina Hokanson, Communications, transportation@snoco.org or 425-388-3789.
• Steve Dolde, Project Manager, steve.dolde@snoco.org
• Crilly Ritz, Environmental Planner, crilly.ritz@snoco.org
Interpreter services for non-English speakers and accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please make arrangements in advance by calling 425-388-3789. Hearing/speech impaired call 425-388-3700.
__________________________________

And for those who haven't been following the saga, SnoCo's Index-Galena Road  web page.
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PostMon Jul 13, 2009 6:09 pm 
re: Index-Galena Road Open House, 2009 July 14
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Just thought I'd bump this as a reminder for those interested. If my car's back from the shop, I'm likely to go just for the excuse to grab a bite at Teddy Bear's BBQ afterward...

If you plan on going, don't forget to do your homework!
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PostTue Jul 14, 2009 1:18 am 
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Thanks for the reminder.  I'll do my best to make it.  I was just looking at the "homework" and is it just me, but did someone use crayons to draw up the maps for the first 3-4 maps?   hmmm.gif

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PostTue Jul 14, 2009 9:32 am 
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So a rookie question here:  where is the washout?  Is it still possible to drive up to the Lake Blanca trailhead up the North Fork Skykomish?

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