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Construction Work to Begin on Phase MI-4A

Construction work will begin next week (8/17/2020) on Phase MI-4A of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project (MREFPP). The purpose of Phase MI-4A (Maple Diversion South Utility Relocations) is to relocate municipal utilities in advance of the flood protection features proposed as part of the Phase MI-4 Maple Diversion Project.

Strata Corporation says they will begin mobilizing equipment, contractors, and supplies as well as coordinating with local and City of Minot utilities starting next week. They plan to begin the project by setting up for two water and sewer borings proposed beneath the BNSF railway near Maple Street.

“We held our pre-construction meeting on Thursday, and we are excited to have Strata Corporation to get started,” said David Ashley, Chairman of the Souris River Joint Board. “This project will relocate municipal and franchise utilities from the area of the future Maple Diversion project to allow that project a jumpstart when funding is available.”

The Phase MI-4A Maple Diversion South Utility Relocation footprint extends from Maple Street along Western Avenue (south of BNSF Railway) to approximately 3rd Street SW. Safety is always a priority, so the Souris River Joint Board and its contractors ask that individuals remain vigilant near the construction zones. Additionally, there will be significant heavy equipment working in the construction areas and the roadways surrounding them, so caution should be used in the areas around these construction zones, as well.

The total construction cost for Phase MI-4A is estimated to be $3.3 million. Funds are coming from a combination of state and local sources. The primary local funding source is the City of Minot’s sales tax, a portion of which has already been allocated to flood protection.

Construction on this phase is scheduled to be fully completed in 2022. For the latest information on the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, go to or search on Facebook for Mouse River Plan.

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