September 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Tags: Diversion, Flood 4 Comments »
[USACE: Currently there is no intent to build the western levee lower than the eastern levee. Local drainage issues along the entire diversion channel will be addressed in detail during the design and implementation phase.
The project will be designed to minimize impacts to tributaries, especially for smaller, more frequent flood events. The design goal is to not change the 1 percent chance floodplain outside of the diversion. ]
What a typically ambiguous from the USACE.
The “design goal” has very little to do with the real impacts that the Fargo Dam and Diversion will cause.
When the impacts become apparent, the USACE will no doubt offer its standard public relations rhetoric – “…based on the information we had at the time…”.
The scoping of the project was entirely TOO SMALL.
The SDEIS lacks factual environmental impacts on Richland and Wilkin counties.
The cost of the project has nearly doubled in 3 years and the cost estimates contained within the SDEIS appear to be the lowest possible bids to sell the project to the unaware to obtain funding approval.
Regarding the raising of I29…
There are SO MANY caveats…where does one even begin.
The lack of suitable material to raise I29 and prevent shift movement is a major hurdle.
Who will pick up the maintenance on the raised stretch of I29 that will be prone to shifts and surface breaks?
51 million seems like a low number…
The 8 mile corridor from 32nd ave S to 19th ave N was completed in 2007 for around 150 million. Albeit, there are difference between the projects, however, the costs of labor and fuel today are much higher.
It will be interesting to see how the USACE plans on addressing soil plasticity, liquefaction, lateral shift and live traffic loads on the project area that will become more wet by design…
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I wonder how deep the Forum will bury this story to keep people from commenting on this subject….
Diversion Discussion: Local sponsors on hook for $51M in I-29 costs
Now…just imagine what that interstate will look like built up ten feet into the air and surrounded on both sides by water just as deep and with a current typical of a flood.
Now remember a typical April day (i.e. snow, sleet, freezing rain).
Now recall how many cars land in the ditch on any given spring weather event.
Now envision all those cars sliding into the ditch and submerged in the floodwaters.
Now think about all the deaths as a result of this dam/diversion.
Now tell me…is this really the best solution?
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