Souris River Joint Board discuss bids for phases two and three of flood protection project

MINOT N.D. - The Souris River Joint Board met this afternoon to discuss whether to award bids to the phases two and three of Minot's flood protection project.

Wagner Contracting came in with the lowest combined bid at $35.7 million, more than $6 million shy of estimates, however, the joint board did not award them the bid because they need to finalize permits from the Army Corp of Engineers.

“The Corp was originally anticipating happening in mid-November. There have been a couple of hiccups within Washington, D.C., as that document goes through the review process, but we do anticipate awarding that contract within the end of the year,” said Ryan Ackerman, of the Souris River Joint Bard.

The first phase of the project, also the largest and most expensive portion of the protection plan, will be open for bids on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Minot City Hall.

The Army Corps of Engineers is looking for your input on an environmental impact study.

The plans related to the construction of what's known as the "Maple Diversion," or a high-flow bypass and a short tie-back levee east of Highway 83.

You can offer input next Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Minot auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

There will be an open house followed by a presentation and time for comment at 7 p.m.