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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What's Happening

The Argentine Main and Strong Avenue Pump Stations in Argentine both completed a major milestone by installing new pump motors at each site. The new motors will power four new pumps at Argentine Main and three new pumps at Strong Avenue, and provide increased pumping capacity to the area. The new pump stations are expected to be online within a few months.
The Argentine Main and Strong Avenue Pump Stations in Argentine both completed a major milestone by installing new pump motors at each site. The new motors will power four new pumps at Argentine Main and three new pumps at Strong Avenue, and provide increased pumping capacity to the area. The new pump stations are expected to be online within a few months.
International infrastructure and business leaders from countries in the Indo-Pacific Region visited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District KC Levees project to learn about the project and the benefit it will provide to the infrastructure behind them, in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 17, 2022. The dignitaries trip to Kansas City is part of a larger trip focused on learning about U.S. infrastructure and logistics.
Significant earthwork operations are underway along the western end of Argentine Levee Unit. New floodwall is being constructed along multiple reaches of the Armourdale Levee Unit, including sections that require installation of drilled shafts (see photo) to provide foundation support. Lane is finishing up their initial reach of levee improvements along the CID Levee Unit between I-670 and HyVee Arena and have begun construction of new floodwall near the James Street Bridge and earthwork operations near the Central Avenue Bridge. Ahead of all this work, numerous utility companies are performing relocations to accommodate construction.
Structural modifications needed to improve strength and stability have been completed at both the 5th and 12th Street Pump Stations by Supplied Industrial Solutions (SIS). New pumps, motors and electrical equipment have been installed and will be tested within the coming weeks. Acceptance and turnover of the pump stations is planned for this November. Once complete, SIS will transition construction efforts to the Shawnee Avenue Pump Station.
Michels Corporation continues to progress construction of the new Argentine Main and Strong Avenue Pump Stations along the Argentine Levee Unit. Buildings are up, roofs are on and new pumps have been installed at both stations. In the coming weeks, motors and electrical equipment required to power the new pumps will be installed and tested.
The Assistant Secretary of the Army For Civil Works, the Hon. Michael Connor, visited and learned about the KC Levees mega project - a fully-federal-funded levee improvement project covering more than 17 miles of levees around the Kansas and Missouri rivers in the KC metro area.
Supplied Industrial Solutions(SIS) has completed modifications and repairs to the Mistletoe, Broadway, and Ohio Pump Stations along the CID Levee Unit. Thank you to all of our partners for the help and support to finish these projects ahead of schedule! All stations are fully functional and ready to be turned over to KVDD, the UG, and KCMO for operations and maintenance. SIS made structural modifications to strengthen the existing strictures and protect against uplift during flood events. Improvements at Ohio Pump Station also included the replacement of pumps and motors.
Supplied Industrial Solutions (SIS) is making progress on the Armourdale pumpstation modification project – specifically at the 5th Street and 12 th Street Pump Stations. SIS has placed a new operating floor at 5th Street and will be installing new pumps in mid-August. Structural improvements continue at 12th Street and new pumps will be installed in early September. SIS will begin improvements to the Shawnee Avenue Pump Station in October.
Lane Construction is working hard on the Argentine, Armourdale, and CID levee unit raises and improvements. Please be aware of increased traffic near all three levee units. For more information on the exact locations visit the “KC Levees Schedule” tab within the Interactive Map . Significant amounts of material from the WaterOne borrow site are being delivered to the Argentine levee between Turner Diagonal and S. 51 Street. Improvements to the initial section of CID, near HyVee Arena, are nearly complete and Lane is actively constructing improvements south of James Street.

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