USACE Awards 2nd Contract for $2.75B Red River Diversion

Wed December 11, 2019 - Midwest Edition #25
Associated Press

The first contract, for a control structure closer to the metro area, was awarded to Ames Construction in 2016 for about $46 million.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District photo)
The first contract, for a control structure closer to the metro area, was awarded to Ames Construction in 2016 for about $46 million. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District photo)



FARGO, N.D. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded its second contract for a Red River diversion project around the flood-prone Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., metropolitan area.

The Corps announced that the more than $59 million project to build a flow control structure on the Wild Rice River will be built by Ames Construction Inc., based out of Burnsville, Minn.

The concrete structure with two gates would be located about 7 miles south of the Fargo-Moorhead Area.

The first contract, for a control structure closer to the metro area, was awarded to Ames Construction in 2016 for about $46 million. That project was delayed over a lawsuit by upstream residents and changes in order to meet Minnesota permit requirements. Construction resumed earlier this year.

The $2.75 billion diversion is meant to provide flood protection for more than 230,000 people.