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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Work continues on Minot levee system

Levee work continues

Finishing work continues on the levees in southwest Minot near the new Perkett Pump Station. The path on top of the levee should be open for public use by the end of October. 

Minot is home to 22 miles of levees, which have been constructed to prevent the overflow of the Souris River.

The levees are not meant to be driven on by any type of vehicle, Public Works Director Dan Jonasson said.

“We want to remind everyone that it’s illegal to drive a vehicle of any kind on the levees, whether it’s the old ones or the new ones,” Jonasson said. “Vehicles leave ruts on top of the levees, and then we get water pooling in those ruts and that can endanger the structural integrity of the levees.”

While they may look finished, the newly constructed levees in southwest Minot, near the Jack Hoeven Wee Links and baseball fields, are not yet open to pedestrian traffic, Jonasson said. Those levees include a dedicated walking path constructed on top.

“We should have those open for pedestrians by the end of October, but we don’t want anyone using them yet because there will still be some work going on in those areas and it isn’t safe for pedestrians,” he said. “I know they look like they’re done, but they’re really not finished, and we’d ask the public for a little more patience while we complete the finishing touches.”

Jonasson said there are still some small items to finish this fall on the levee work for Phase 2 and Phase 3.

“We essentially removed all of the old levee material between the west bypass, past 16th Street SW and over to an area near the Moose Club and rebuilt it,” Jonasson said. “Those levees were not constructed in accordance with United States Army Corps of Engineers requirements, so they had to be built with proper material and according to USACE design guidelines to meet certification. The alignment was also changed a little bit to allow better conveyance during an event like we saw in 2011.

At 16th Street SW, the new levees will tie into a short stretch of new flood wall closure being built that stretches across 16th Street SW. The closure structure will match the existing structure on the south side of the Souris River, near the Water Treatment Plant.

Further east, the levees will eventually tie into the Maple Diversion Project, which, in times of high water flow, will divert water through a manmade channel and back into the Souris River near the new Broadway Pump Station.

The work in west Minot also included the construction of two pump stations; one near the bark park and one in the Perkett Elementary School neighborhood. The pump stations have been successfully tested and will be ready for use in the spring if needed.

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