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  KANSAS CITYS LEVEES PROJECT

The Kansas Citys, Missouri and Kansas Levee project consists of seven levee units including 60 miles of levees and floodwalls along both banks of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. The system protects 32 square miles of industrial, commercial and residential areas, and includes 100,000 jobs, 7,000 structures and $22B in investments. The area is vital to the national economy as a manufacturing, distribution, transportation and warehousing hub. Life safety is paramount to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The purpose of this project is to ensure these levee systems perform during the next flood event.  We also recognize the vitality of this area to local and national economies as a major manufacturing, distribution, transportation and warehousing hub. 

The remaining Kansas City Levees project includes improvements to ~17 miles  of existing levees and floodwalls along the Kansas River in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo.  This collaborative effort between USACE, the Kaw Valley Drainage District, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri will reduce the risk of flooding, improve the reliability and resiliency of the systems, strengthen aging infrastructure and ensure the levees and floodwalls perform during future flood events.  The improvements will consist of levee and floodwall raises, replacements and repairs to existing pump stations, improvements to aging infrastructure and seepage and stability improvements.  Our goal is to complete the $529M project by 2026.  This final phase will complete nearly 15 years of construction on the system.  Improvements are complete for the Fairfax/Jersey Creek, North Kansas City and East Bottoms Units along the Missouri River.

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Kaw Valley Drainage District 

What's Happening

Michels Corporation has begun demolition of the existing floodwall along the Argentine Levee Unit, adjacent to the Argentine Main Pump Station, to facilitate construction of the replacement pump station facility. Michels has a temporary flood protection plan in place to provide flood protection if river waters rise during construction. Operated and maintained by the Kaw Valley Drainage District, the Argentine Main Pump Station was originally constructed in 1916. The replacement of the Argentine Main Pump Station is part of a $33M contract that includes the replacement of the Strong Avenue Pump Station and repairs to the Turner Avenue Pump Station.

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In another step forward for the $529M Kansas Citys Levees project, demolition has begun at the Kaw Valley Drainage District maintenance facility, co-located at the Argentine Main Pump Station on Argentine Blvd in Kansas City, KS. The maintenance facility was originally constructed in 1954 and has been the home to KVDDs operations and maintenance efforts for 66 years. KVDD is building a new facility one block to the north. Demolition of the maintenance facility will allow Michels Corporation to begin construction on the replacement pump station and subsequent demolition of the existing pump station. The replacement of the Argentine Main Pump Station is part of a larger $33M contract that includes the ongoing repairs to the Turner Avenue Pump Station and the replacement of the Strong Avenue Pump Station. Construction is expected to last until November 2022.
Construction has officially started on the $529M Kansas Citys Levees project. Michels Corporation, based out of Brownsville, Wisconsin, has started repairs to the Turner Avenue Pump Station located along the Argentine Levee Unit and adjacent to the Turner Diagonal Freeway bridge in Visit Kansas City Kansas. The repairs include raising, modifying, and strengthening the existing gatewell structure, a component of the pump station that restricts river water from flowing back into the pump station. These improvements will result in the pump station having the structural soundness required to accommodate the upcoming levee raise on the Argentine Levee Unit. Operated and maintained by the Kaw Valley Drainage District, the Turner Avenue Pump Station was originally constructed in 1950. The repairs to the Turner Avenue Pump Station are part of a larger $33M contract that includes the replacement of the Argentine Main and Strong Avenue Pump Stations. Learn more about the Kansas Citys Levees project.
Workers discuss coming improvements inside the 5th Street Pump Station in Kansas City, Kansas September 29, 2020.
Multiple crews are currently performing geotechnical investigations along the Argentine, Armourdale, and CID levee units. The subsurface information collected provides essential data to ensure levees, floodwalls, and underseepage improvements are efficiently designed and constructed and fully perform during the next flood event.
This graphic depicts the historic timeline of the Kansas River flooding in the Kansas City area.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is excited to continue our great partnerships with the Kaw Valley Drainage District, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri and complete the final phases of the Kansas City Levees projects. Design and construction efforts have begun to raise and improve over 17 miles of levee and floodwall along the Argentine, Armourdale, and Central Industrial District levee units and complete nearly 15 years of ongoing improvements to the Kansas Citys Levees system, including the levees and floodwalls along the Missouri River. These improvements will reduce the flood risk, better the reliability and resiliency of the systems, strengthen or replace aging infrastructure, and ensure the levees and floodwalls perform during future flood events. Our goal is to complete this $529M project by 2026.

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