$2.3 million to go to acquisitions for Minot flood protection

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BISMARCK, N.D. - In a major move for flood protection efforts in Minot, the North Dakota State Water Commission approved reallocating more than $2.3 million in funding from construction to acquisition.

The commission voted unanimously Friday morning to move $2,315,300 from construction work for flood protection in Minot to land acquisition.

On Thursday the Souris River Joint Board had approved low bid contractors for the first three phases of the project, Park Construction for the first and largest phase and Wagner Construction for the second and third phases, pending approval from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Bids for the project came well below estimates, allowing for the reallocation of money to help the city of Minot continue to fund acquisitions.

Construction on the main part of phase one of the project, including work on 4th Avenue and a pump station, will likely begin early next year.