-- UPDATE --
June 11, 2020

Burlington, N.D. – The Souris River Joint Board(SRJB) recently awarded the bid for the Phase BU-1B City of Burlington Levee Phase 1 Project as a part of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project (MREFPP). The low bid of $8,994,588.62 was received from Wagner Construction.


“In spite of all that is going on with COVID-19 pandemic, the Souris River Joint Board remains committed to the continued design, construction and completion of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project and this is one more step in the right direction” said Dave Ashley, Chairman of the Souris River Joint Board.


Phase BU-1B Phase 1 Levee Project addresses the area south of Colton Avenue (County Road 10), and consists of the construction of an earthen levee south from Colton Avenue which will run along the south side of the Johnson Addition dead loop and then along the south side of the Willows Subdivision, drainage improvements, Cherry Street and Grace Street reconstruction, utility relocations, and the new Kittelson Pump Station. (Project Map Below)


Jeanine Kabanuk, City of Burlington Mayor said “Following the completion of the Colton Avenue bridge last year, we are thrilled that the Souris River Joint Board continues to make Burlington a priority in their planning to reduce the risk of future flooding in the basin with the implementation of this second phase of construction in our community.”


Project construction will be in full force by mid-July but the contractor is expected to mobilize equipment and begin vegetative clearing and prep work at the project site in mid-June.


This phase of the project is expected to be completed in September 2021.


For more information about the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, visit www.mouseriverplan.com, or visit us on Facebook at Mouse River Plan.

The Colton Avenue bridge has been reconstructed and is now open to vehicle traffic. The project was fully complete spring 2020.

Phase BU-1B Burlington Levee is expected to begin construction summer of 2020.

Phase BU-1B Burlington Currently In Construction

Colton Avenue Bridge is closed.

Phase BU-1A & BU-1B City of Burlington

urban flood control

Phase BU-1 is a flood risk management system that encompasses a significant portion of the City of Burlington, North Dakota. Phase BU-1A is the bridge portion of the BU-1 project. These projects are currently at a 100% design level. The project parameters include the north (upstream) section of the system which starts at Park Road near the Canadian Pacific Railroad and extends along the Des Lacs River toward the Des Lacs/Mouse River confluence, from the confluence the MREFPP - Phase BU-1 extends south crossing Colton Avenue, and ultimately encompassing the southern (downstream) section of the City near the Riverwood Subdivision and the Canadian Pacific Railroad.   

Major design features associated with the Phase BU-1 Project include:

  • Approximately 8,830 feet of new dirt levees

  • Seepage cut-off wall integrated with levee alignment

  • Interior stormwater ponding storage areas

  • Levee ramps for access, maintenance, and inspections

  • Kittelson Pump Station and interior drainage improvements

  • Two (2) stoplog road closure structures with floodwall sections at Valley Avenue and Stemen Drive

  • Overbank excavation adjacent to the Mouse River channel extending upstream and downstream of Colton Avenue   

  • Colton Avenue bridge modifications 

  • Temporary levee at Colton Avenue crossing

  • River bank and levee erosion protection 

  • Sanitary, water main, force main, and storm sewer upgrades for pipe networks crossing under the levee within the Project right-of-way

  • Municipal infrastructure modifications and improvements, including sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, and street reconstruction

  • City greenway features including bike trail system and open space

Maps depicting the project are included below. The Burlington projects will be constructed in three separate phases with the bridge project substantially completed in 2019, phase BU-1B consisting of the area south of the Colton Avenue Bridge, and the remaining elements to be completed following that. Construction on BU-1B is scheduled to begin in 2020 and will likely take two construction seasons to complete.


Phase BU-1 -  City of Burlington, 60% Design Flyover of the Project

Phase BU-1B -  City of Burlington, Phase 1 Earthen Levee

Time Lapse Video of Burlington Colton Avenue Bridge Replacement Project

Phase BU-1A Burlington Colton Avenue Bridge Project by the Numbers

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