River Vili Flood Risk Reduction Project
In an effort to minimize the amount of emergency measures needed to protect properties in the River Vili development from river flooding, the City of Fargo, in conjunction with KLJ, developed a flood risk reduction project that was constructed in 2012 and 2013. This project featured 15 property acquisitions, earthen levees, concrete floodwalls, storm sewer improvements and tree plantings. Previous flood fights within this neighborhood required the construction of emergency sandbag and clay levees.
Under the development of this project within River Vili, the City also reviewed possible tie back connections from this project to University Drive. From this review, it was determined that the best connection to University Drive would be through City owned property to the south of the River Vili addition. This was identified as the preferred alternative since it would provide an opportunity for the City to relocate Storm Sewer Lift Station #63 from its current location to a location with sufficient room to reconstruct the lift station. This lift station has been previously identified as needing improvements due to the insufficient pumping capacity and the current location difficult to access and maintain.
This project was bid on April 9, 2014 and R & R Contracting was selected as the contractor. The project included a new storm sewer lift station, concrete bike trail construction, and tying an earthen levee from University Drive to the phase 1 River Vili project. A majority of the project components were constructed in 2014 and the contractor is completing the remaining project features in 2015.