Fox Island’s flood construction expected to finish this fall

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BISMARCK, N.D. - After planning meetings, delays and multiple legal challenges, construction on an earthen levee on Fox Island is rapidly moving ahead.

Construction crews are digging out sand and then refilling the area with clay to bring stretches of low-lying areas to the same elevation.

The $4 million project is on-time and on budget, according to Greg Larson with the Burleigh County Water Resource District. Larson says when the entire project is complete, the area will be protected from a river level higher than the 2011 flood.

“This protects the waste water treatment plant, the homes in south Bismarck, Kirkwood Mall, the Civic Center. All of that now is protected to the 20-foot mark, which is where Bismarck has done all of their's,” said Larson.

The next step in the project will be tearing up the road and raising it about two feet. Larson says there will be disruptions, but they’ll work on the road in sections to minimize the impact.

Larson says the project will be finished by late October or early November.