Construction upgrades for the Manhattan levee will begin in the coming days of January 2022. The project, administered by the The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will enhance the reliability and structural integrity of the Manhattan Levee system. USACE selected ESI Contracting to manage the project.
According to a new release by the City of Manhattan the total construction cost of the base project is $19.1 million. The federal government is paying 65 percent and the city is paying 35 percent of the cost. An additional $10.5 million in related levee betterments and essential maintenance costs are also included in the contract and will be fully-funded by the City.
“The project will increase the reliability of the levee system to protect our only water and wastewater treatment plant facilities. These facilities not only service the City of Manhattan but many other customers in Riley and Pottawatomie Counties,” said Rob Ott, Public Works Director for the City of Manhattan.
The Manhattan levee system provides fortification to protect 1,600 acres of land, approximately 7,600 residents, and a total economic impact estimated at $1.2 billion.
This project includes raises the levee along the Big Blue River from the intersection of Casement Road and Hayes Drive, south to the confluence of the Kansas River and Big Blue River, and wrapping around upstream to just west of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) facility. The project also includes new relief wells and earthen berms to protect the levee against undermining, and strengthening of many of the gate structures that control water flows out of the City.
Construction for the entire project is estimated to last just over 30 months and be completed by mid to late 2024. Access to Linear Trail will be closed for most of the construction period, with specific closures to be announced as they are required. The Linear Trail system will be restored and reopened at the completion of the project.