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Posted on: January 24, 2019

Engineer survey of levee to begin January 28, 2019

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The Corp of Engineers will be starting their preliminary survey of the levee’s right of way the week of January 28, 2019, which will continue until mid-March of 2019.  The survey crews that will be doing the work are employees of the Corp of Engineers.

The intent of this project is to raise 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 wrap around upstream to just west of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) facility.

When completed, the levee project will increase the level of protection from flooding events along both the Blue and Kansas rivers, as well as replace several structures and equipment along the levee that were installed with the original project in the early 1960’s.

Construction for the project could begin as soon as 2020 and is estimated to be completed by 2024. Linear Trail will remain on top of the levee and access to certain portions of the trail may be restricted during the construction phase

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Brian Johnson, P.E. City Engineer at 785-587-2415 or by email at

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