Engineers release preliminary design on flood walls

A city committee and members of the public got a glimpse Wednesday of what the first phase of a flood control project might look like in Minot.

The Minot City Council’s Public Works and Safety Committee received an update from Houston Engineering on proposed flood walls in the area of the Minot Water Treatment Plant. The city received a hazard mitigation grant to reduce flood risk at the water treatment plant and high-service pump station. The grant includes a federal share of 75 percent, estimated at $18.8 million. The state share is estimated at $2.5 million and the city share at $3.76 million.

The design, which is about 60 percent completed, calls for 1,720 feet of concrete flood walls along the water treatment plant road and Eighth Avenue Southwest. The walls would taper into earthen levees at the ends. Openings would exist to allow traffic on 16th Street and Eighth Avenue when flooding is not a concern.

Engineers presented different aesthetic options for the walls, which prompted a few neighbors to voice their preferences. The committee also heard concern about maintaining access to the neighborhood during construction.

Construction could start this fall. Completion is expected in the spring of 2016.

Jill Schramm