Project update on Minot area flood protection plan

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MINOT, N.D.- The main part of the major flood protection plan for the Minot area is about a half a year behind schedule, but other parts of the project are actually ahead of time.

Ryan Ackerman, the administrator for the Souris River Joint Board updated the Ward County Commissioners this morning on the progress.

Ackerman said Phase I, known as the 4th Ave. flood wall is running six months behind.

He said the delay was caused by an unexpected Sundre water line that moves water through the city to the water treatment plant.

Ackerman said Phases II and III are both six months ahead of schedule. These projects run along the Souris River from the Highway 83 bypass to 16th St. SW near the water treatment plant.

The Colton avenue bridge in Burlington is removed after breaking ground a little more than one month ago.

“They'll start concrete work here in the next couple of weeks. Definitely busy on the construction front,” Ackerman said.

Bidding for the Burlington levee system is likely to begin this fall.