The City of Fargo and members of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, joined by Senator John Hoeven, will officially reopen 2nd street in downtown Fargo at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 22, north of the intersection of 2nd St and 1st Ave N. Traffic on the road has been shut down for more than a year in order to move the road back from the river, create additional greenspace, and construct a floodwall as a critical element of the overall federal FM Area Diversion Project.
“The relocation of 2nd St and the construction of this floodwall truly symbolizes our ongoing progress on providing permanent flood protection to the region. We all remember the tense atmosphere as we frantically rushed to construct temporary clay levees at this location and elsewhere,” Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said. “Residents and employees in Fargo and Moorhead rely on this major traffic corridor. We’re so pleased to open it again and remove the inconvenience on people’s daily commutes.”
The floodwall and road realignment project cost totaled approximately $40 Million. The project is being finished on schedule.
“This floodwall is a critical piece of the federal project underway as it allows more water to flow throw town, which reduces the impact of the Diversion Project on upstream property owners,” said Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling. “In conjunction with the Diversion Project these floodwalls will allow us to fight floods bigger than that of 2009.”