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The Naches River in Yakima Will Take a New Turn

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YAKIMA, Wash-The Naches River will soon be redirected away from U.S. Highway 12.

The Naches River pounds against U.S. Highway 12 at North 16th Avenue causing damage to the highway. 

The river used to be further from the highway but it's moved over the years due to flooding. 

The Department of Transportation now wants to fix the damaged highway and prevent future problems.  In order to do so they must redirect the river by placing a bed of dirt in between the river and the highway.

Then they will build fingers into the river, which will allow room for trees to grow, and eventually prevent the river from hitting the highway.

Many organizations are now joining together to fix the problem, one being Yakima Water and Irrigation.  They say they know a cheap way to help the city with the new project.

"Our part of the project is getting fill material removed and giving it to the city at no cost," says David Brown the Water and Irrigation Manager.

The fill material will be taken from the area around a Yakima City well that is no longer used.

The project is scheduled to begin June 30th and will continue through November.  The project will cost about $1.5 million.