-- UPDATE --
January 3, 2022

Construction of Phase BU-1C for the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project was in full swing through the summer and fall in Burlington. The contractor, Bluestone Construction, has been focused on several key project components. Earthwork operations began with the construction of the levee base, which was also used as the working pad for the slurry cut off wall. The slurry cut off wall was installed utilizing a one-pass trencher which mixed the components of the slurry cut off wall in place without removing material from the trench. Similar to the wall constructed for the BU-1B phase, the slurry cutoff wall was located along the centerline of the new levee and extends from the base of the levee prism to depths that exceed 35 feet. The slurry cut off wall was completed in October. The upper portion of the levee section was completed shortly after the slurry cut off wall and topsoil placement was also completed prior to winter freeze.

Utility construction, was required within the flood protection project, and was completed prior to the onset of winter. Utility work included rerouting of a raw water line, installation of two storm sewer portions, replacement and upgrading the sizing of culverts beneath Park Road, and the installation of a new box culvert.

Other project features in the BU-1C phase completed in 2021 included subgrade and gravelling for the realignment of the roadway around the Burlington Recreation Facility and a new parking lot along the north side of the complex. Rip rap placement along the Mouse and Des Lacs Rivers was also finalized.

Items scheduled for the 2022 construction include final restoration, seeding, site furnishing, and asphalt placement for the new parking lot, recreation roadway and a shared use path a top the levee. Construction for the BU-1C Phase is on schedule to be completed by mid-summer 2022.

Phase BU-1C Burlington Currently In Construction


Phase BU-1C City of Burlington

urban flood control

Phase BU-C is a flood risk management system.

Project highlights and community impacts include:

  • Access to facilities will be realigned and will require extended closure of the existing roadway. Please use Valley Ave to access facilities during this time.

  • Relocation and paving of parking lot will require parking on residential streets in the neighborhood.

  • Relocation of batting cages.

  • Relocation of storage shed.

  • All construction areas will be marked by fencing. Please stay clear of construction zones.

  • There will be minimal residential propoerty impacts during this construction season

  • Residents should anticipate significant tree removal to make way for the new levee system. When possible, trees and shrubs will be replaced outside of the vegetation-free zone.

  • Later in the season, we anticipate extended closure of Colton Ave Bridge that will last several weeks. During this closure, the detour to Highway 2 will be put in place and all of the same school and emergency services procedures previously followed during bridge replacement will be reimplemented.

Maps depicting the project are included on this page. The Burlington projects will be constructed in three separate phases with the baseball field area, phase BU-1C active in summer 2021. Construction is scheduled to be substantially complete fall of 2022.


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