Army Corps of Engineers Taking a Look at Progress on F-M Diversion
FARGO, ND — Leaders with the Army Corps of Engineers came to the metro to get their first look at the F-M Flood Diversion construction.
The six and a half year project has already begun near Horace at the southern end of the project’s site.
Army Corps leaders say they’re pleased with how it’s shaping up and will work to move forward more efficiently.
Their visit began with a flyover tour of the entire diversion area.
Leaders from Cass and Clay counties brought their concerns with the Corps about landowners in the diversion’s path.
Major General Ed Jackson says they will work to properly notify people about future road closures and real estate disputes.
One of the biggest concerns is getting consistent federal funding throughout the course of the project.
Major General Ed Jackson
Army Corps Of Engineers Deputy Commanding General
“It’s the way of the future,” said Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson, who a deputy commanding general with the Army Corps. “We look to leverage more private capital financing to deliver these big infrastructure projects and the current administration is really looking hard right now on how they can do more projects just like the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project.”
Mayor Mahoney says they initially requested $70 million from the federal government for this year’s portion of the diversion construction, but got $20 million.
On KVRR Local News at 9, hear what Fargo Mayor Mahoney thinks about the progress of the diversion construction.