Capital Project Tracking and Reporting SystemCity of St. Joseph, Missouri
Missouri River Levee Design/Construction

Project Information

Missouri River Levee Design/Construction

Project Manager: Lee Sommers

Assistant Project Manager: Andy Clements

Current Project Status: On-Going

Project Scope:
   The Missouri River Levee Raise: the requested assistance will provide the federal construction funds to the US Army Corps of Engineers so that together with the local match, which is being provided by the local sponsors, this important project may proceed under a construction listing which will assist with additional funding in the future and allow for construction in the future. Unit R 471-460 is on the right bank of the Missouri River and is 13.8 miles long and averages 14.8 feet high. It protects Elwood and Wathena, Kansas and Rosecrans Memorial Airport and Air National Guard Base for the 139th Airlift Group in Missouri, as well as 10800 acres of farmland. Unit L-455 is located on the left bank of the Missouri River, is 15.6 miles long and averages 13 feet high. The Corps completed the reconnaissance study in May of 1999. In that report, structural measures were determined to be feasible for L-455 and for R 460-471, including raising the existing levees and improvement in seepage control. 

Project Funding:
   AIRPORT Levee District
   Buchanan County 1/4 Cent County Levee Repair Sales Tax
   CIP Sales Tax
   Elwood Gladden R460
   General Fund
   SSJ Levee District L-455
   USACE Kansas City

Project Funding Amount: $8,761,631.35

   FUNDING Federally funded $41,983,000 to complete project. Cost share requirement. $6.5M required from sponsor by 5/15/2019. COE ready to invoice at any time. (~$2M+ available now). CONSTRUCTION UPDATE L-455 Brown’s Branch Gatewell (Contract #2a Substantial Construction Completion anticipated May 2019). Construction Modification to be issued for grading and addition of hinge to middle Gatewell grate. L-455 Levee Raise (Contract #2b) Contractor working on providing submittals for mobilization ASAP. REAL ESTATE- Top Action Items. R471-460 Improvements. N-36 Borrow area identification. Timeline for USACE to perform soil testing. Borrow identification – current award projection 31-Jan-2020. Potential for 2 to 4 bluff parcels Laipple receptive – The Levee District’s Attorney to contact the USDA/NRCS. NRCS local office getting meeting set up with others w/n their agency. The Levee District’s Attorney to follow up on 2/25 for when this meeting will occur. Laipple riverward property put up for sale. S-36 Property acquisition Survey/Appraisal Update. Received all appraisals. Received all legal descriptions from the surveyor. Discussed acquisition with all property owners. The Levee Districts Attorney is to Start routing of easements with property owners next week in anticipation issuance of Real Estate Certification to the Corp March 6. Title work and easements for relocated utilities (water, power, gas, telephone, communication, petroleum) Attorney’s Opinion of Compensability required for utility relocation to be LERRD creditable. Need to confirm what entity will relocate each utility (COE, NFS, or utility co.) Sta. 53+37 16” Williams Brother’s Pipeline (now Magellan) – Riser to be raised. Need to confirm valve locations Have easement – COE to determine compensability Sta. 296+00 16” Water – to be relocated up and over levee Have easement, but it is unexecuted/recorded Sta. 269+00-279+00 OHP service – COE to confirm impact to power poles to be relocated servicing Dawkins Property Sta. 418+15 8” Gas (Southern Star)– to be relocated up and over levee Have easement – COE to determine compensability Sta. 418+64 Comm line – to be relocated up and over levee L-455 Closure Gap (Contract #2c) Relocation Agreement with UPRR for closure structure- prepare to begin condemnation process by end of January The Levee District’s Attorney is to order a survey so that the legal description of the area can be used to start the condemnation process. Need to discuss milestones and schedule associated with condemnation. UPRR considers the existing force mains as an encroachment and will request they be included under a new license agreement. Received concurrence from BNSF regarding design and RE agreement. Meeting with BNSF (BEING RESCHEDULED) to discuss relocation agreement and lump sum cost. LERRD Crediting Cash will be required in lieu of LERRD that is not applied for or credited to the project ($4.27M). Current total project cost (TPC) is $70.71M. Total non-federal sponsor (NFS) cash requirement $19.87M ($6.55M remaining). OVERALL DESIGN L-455 Closure Gap (Contract #2c) 95% Design Submittal sent to City and Agency Technical review on 8/16 and to UPRR on 8/20 and is currently on hold due to UPRR layoffs. Award anticipated 1/2020 (18-month construction contract). R-471-460 S. Hwy 36 (Contract #3) 100% Design Submittal 12/2018. Award anticipated 5 or 7/2019 depending on NEPA (24-month construction contract). R-471-460 N. Hwy 36 (Contract #4) 95% Design Submittal 5/2019. Award anticipated 1/2020* (18-month construction contract). LEVEE CERTIFICATION USACE – FEMA Alignment Future meeting to be scheduled between Sponsor/COE/FEMA to verify requirements. Levee Certification and St Joe Levee Raise Project (R471-460 only) Accreditation study preformed at end of project. New levee safety requirements may take affect by end of 2019 requiring quantitative risk analysis (very thorough system review costing approximately $500k). May be able to perform under existing, but expired guidance if the project can be grandfathered under the existing (cost around $200k-$300k). Need COE management concurrence/approval to work out an agreement with sponsor.  

Last Update: Friday March 29, 2019