MINOT, N.D. – Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford joined Minot area officials today to break ground on the first three phases of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, highlighting the state’s significant financial commitment to the project.
“Today’s groundbreaking is a huge step toward securing permanent flood protection for the Minot area to guard against the kind of devastation to homes, businesses and livelihoods experienced in 2011,” Sanford said. “The State of North Dakota, especially the State Water Commission, is proud to participate in this important project with the state Legislature and our local and federal partners. On behalf of Gov. Burgum and the entire state, congratulations to Minot and all of the project stakeholders on continuing to build out the critical flood protection and infrastructure that will allow this area to grow and prosper for decades to come.”
The first three phases of the project include concrete floodwalls, large stormwater pump stations, earthen levees and a roadway closure structure.
To date, the estimated $1 billion project has been approved for $178 million in state funding, with legislative intent for an additional $130 million. A $62.8 million request made by the Souris River Joint Board and approved by the State Water Commission in August 2017 was primarily for construction costs of phases 1, 2 and 3, with prior biennium dollars going toward design and property acquisitions.
Last October, Sanford joined Minot officials to celebrate the completion of a three-year, nearly $35 million downtown infrastructure improvement project, highlighting it as a prime example of smart, efficient infrastructure – a key pillar of Gov. Burgum’s Main Street Initiative.