Yesterday was an historic day for the F-M Diversion project with the signing of the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) between the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the F-M Diversion Authority. The PPA is one of the last hurdles before construction can begin on the project; it secures $450 million in federal funding, enables the USACE to begin construction, and outlines the responsibilities of the local sponsors and the federal government.
“Today starts a new chapter for flood protection for our region,” Dr. Tim Mahoney, Mayor of Fargo said. “Now our focus will be on construction, mitigation, and seeing this project built. It will be great to see Corps construction start this fall and I’m looking forward to beginning the search for a P3 contractor with the issuance of an RFQ at our next board meeting.”
HEI has played a key role in the project development and design dating back to 2009 when the federal feasibility study was accelerated. Our roles have included hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and design; civil and structural design for bridges and in-town levee features; and technical assistance during the feasibility study and project development.
The Fargo Forum newspaper featured this story (view online) and also recently published an article on the 2nd Street component of this project.