ST. PAUL, Minn. – A contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is preparing to start construction activities on the diversion inlet structure, near Horace, North Dakota, this week.
The contractor, Ames Construction, Inc., from Burnsville, Minnesota, is mobilizing equipment to the site, which is located southeast of Horace, to conduct pre-construction investigations.
The diversion inlet structure is a part of the Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota, flood risk management project. The inlet structure portion of the project includes construction of a concrete control structure with three gates that will regulate flows into the diversion channel.
The complete Fargo-Moorhead flood risk management project plan includes building a 30-mile earthen channel, a 12-mile long southern embankment, 19 highway bridges, four railroad bridges, three gated control structures and two aqueduct structures. The project will provides flood risk reduction for more than 230,000 people and 70 square miles of infrastructure in the communities of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Horace and Harwood.
The Corps is working in partnership on this project with the cities of Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, and the Metro Diversion Authority.
The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.