FARGO – Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $59 million construction contract for the Fargo-Moorhead region’s flood protection project.

The contract, the second construction contract awarded for the project by the federal government, is for the Wild Rice River structure and includes construction of a concrete control structure with two gates that will regulate Wild Rice River flows into the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.

The structure will be located approximately seven miles south of Fargo-Moorhead.

"This is a major step forward in the construction of permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley," Hoeven said, adding that as a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee he worked to provide the Corps with additional construction funding to enable the Corps to fund important priorities like flood protection.

The FM flood diversion project will include a 30-mile long diversion channel in North Dakota with upstream staging.

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The plan calls for a 21-mile long southern embankment, 19 highway bridges, four railroad bridges, three gated control structures and two aqueduct structures.