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Published December 02, 2009, 05:07 PM

Work Begins On Phase One Of Devils Lake Embankment Project

It may not have started later than city leaders and contractors had hoped for, but today work started on Phase One of the Devils Lake City Embankment project.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

It may not have started later than city leaders and contractors had hoped for, but today work started on Phase One of the Devils Lake City Embankment project. Mi-Ty Trucking & Excavating was awarded the contract in mid-October. Today workers started moving topsoil to begin a pipe installation. But embankment and pump station construction won't start until March 1, 2010.

Although they aren't working on raising the embankment yet, workers have started Phase One of the more than $100 million project. But it started later than expected.

Diane Schroeder-Monda: "Tthat's the main delay-there's an EPA plan. There's a quality control plan. There's a safety and accident plan."

Mike Grafsgaard: "[There were] issues that we had to work through as far as contract negotiations and some of the review of the contract documents."

Right now workers are beginning what will be a 10 foot wide trench for 2900 feet of pipe, and that will connect two pump stations.

The new Creel Bay pump station and raising the embankment to an elevation of 1466 feet will begin in March, weather permitting. And that's not the only thing that could delay the project even more.

Mike Grafsgaard: "With the DOT working on Highway 20, Highway 57, Highway 281, there could be an issue with bringing that material in."

Mi-Ty Trucking & Excavating faces a tight deadline: November 15, 2010. And owners say they will push to get the work finished on time.

Diane Schroeder-Monda: "When we do start doing the excavation we will be working two shifts-day and night."

Phases 2 and 3 have not been bid yet. Phase 2 should be done in 2011 and Phase 3 in 2012.

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