Levee raise contract for about $15 million awarded by USACE Kansas City District for Missouri River near St. Joseph

Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Published Oct. 17, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District awarded the Missouri River Levee System unit R471-460 levee raise north of US-36 contract to H.B. Construction, Inc., from Platte City, Missouri, for $14,178,505.38 on Sept. 16, 2022. This is the largest contract awarded on the R471-460 and L455 levee unit and is the fifth out of six contracts on the overall project.

The improvements include providing increased flood risk reduction from the Missouri River for St. Joseph, Missouri, Elwood, Kansas, Wathena, Kansas, and Rosecrans Memorial Airport – home to the Missouri Air National Guard 139th Airlift Wing. This contract is planned to be completed by summer 2024.

Construction is wrapping up on the R471-460 Levee Raise south of US-36 and is planned to be completed in spring 2023. This work is being performed by M CON, LLC from Wathena, Kansas.

The sixth and final construction contract will be for construction of flood swing gates crossing Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads at the St. Joseph Industrial area. Construction on this contract is anticipated to start in 2023.

The overall project is 65% federally funded.

USACE Kansas City District would like to thank the project’s partners for providing the 35% local cost share from the State of Missouri, Buchanan County, the City of St. Joseph and the Levee Districts. Buchannan County taxpayers overwhelmingly passed a quarter-cent sales tax that provided a majority of the cost share funding.

James Lowe, Kansas City District Public Affairs
Kansas City, Mo.

Release no. 22-048