USACE PHOTO BY PATRICK MOES
CONSTRUCTION REACHES NEW HEIGHTS ON RED RIVER OF THE NORTH PROJECT
Workers place the first loads of concrete at the diversion inlet site near Horace, North Dakota, July 27, 2020.
BY PATRICK MOES, St. Paul District
onstruction literally reached new heights this past summer on the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project. After more than 10 years of planning, investigations, and design by a regional team, the St. Paul District is making historic strides in reducing future flood risk for the more than 230,000 people who live within the Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota metro area, said Terry Williams, St. Paul District program manager and North Dakota native. The construction efforts are starting to be noticeable, she added. The construction includes work on the diversion inlet, near Horace, North Dakota, and the Wild Rice River structure, near St. Benedict,
North Dakota. The diversion inlet structure construction had been suspended for legal reasons, but Williams said it has since ramped up and reached another major milestone: the first placement of concrete at the site. “It’s a huge day for our project, our design team, and our sponsors,” she said. “It signifies years of hard work by a lot of people to get here, and I am excited to see the structure come out of the ground.” The concrete work is expected to last into 2021 and will serve as the foundation for three 50-foot-wide control gates that will be used to manage the amount of water that is diverted into the diversion channel and around the metro area. They anticipate needing 11,700 cubic yards of concrete for the inlet project, said Williams.