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North Segment: Time Check & Cedar Lake Area

Ellis Lane NW Levee (Phase 1) // 2024-2025
  • Construct the north end of the west side levee system.
  • Construct new Ellis Blvd. NW west of the existing alignment and to go over the levee.

Northwest Neighborhood Detention Basins // 2019–29Sinclair Detention Basin

  • Hold excess rainwater until it can be safely pumped back into the Cedar River
  • Serve as a “bowl” during heavy rain events, reducing stormwater runoff and neighborhood flash flooding. Locations and schedule include:
  • 2019 – north of the Northwest Recreation Center
  • 2024 – south of E Avenue NW and west of 28th Street
  • 2029 – north of O Avenue NW and west of Edgewood Road
  • 2025 – north of Q Avenue NW and west of 8th Street NW

Cedar Valley Nature Trail Improvements // 202025Resident bike-riding along lake
  • Trail currently closed from 10th Street NE, along McLoud Run, and south to the Cedar Lake Loop located at the northwest corner of Cedar Lake
  • Detour established along 10th Street NE
  • Flood control in this area will include a new levee and trail system west of Shaver Road and south of McLoud Run, with the trail built on top of the levee (similar to the Sinclair levee).
  • The levee and trail system will include amenities such as a trail parking lot, pedestrian benches, and scenic viewpoints.
  • When all flood control measures are completed in this area, it will wrap around Cedar Lake, tying into high ground at I-380 near J Avenue, and will protect homes and businesses threatened when the Cedar River backs up into McLoud Run and Cedar Lake

E & F Avenue NW reconfiguration Phase 1 // 2023-2024
  • Will eliminate the complex geometry at the intersection where 1st Street NW, E Avenue NW, F Avenue NW, and the I-380 off-ramp all come together
  • The realignment will be a simplified, more intuitive design, and will accommodate permanent flood control measures such as a levee and pump station
  • Reconstruction 1st Street NW from 1st Avenue W to I-380

Central Segment: Downtown & Kingston Village

E and F Avenue NE Floodgates under 5-in-1 Dam // 2024–25 
  • Located underneath I-380 on east riverbank
  • Roller gates similar to 16th Avenue SE
  • Signal removals at E and F Avenue: precursor work to gate installation (2021)
  • Closures of E & F Avenue will be required during construction (timing and phasing TBD)
Tree of Five Seasons Park // 2024–25Five Seasons Park rendering with views of river
  • Sculpture elevated and realigned to accommodate levee
  • Pump station
  • Permanent full-height floodwall with elevated park to allow views of the river
  • New bike trail connecting E Avenue with downtown
  • 1st Street will be reduced to one lane during construction
  • New landscaping and tree plantings (future project)
City Hall Flood Control //  2025–26City Hall flood control and trail
  • Trail connection established
  • Curb and ADA improvements on 1st Street SE
  • Temporary traffic signals in place during construction
2nd Avenue SE Floodgate // 2024 
  • Stackable/removable gate similar to 3rd Avenue SE floodgate
  • Includes a speed table at the trail crossing
  • 2nd Avenue will be closed during construction
4th Avenue Riverfront // 2025-26
  • Between Smulekoff’s and Hach building on 4th Avenue SE
  • Considerations include parking, preserving view of the river, trail enhancements, public access, etc.
  • Permanent and combination floodwalls incorporated 
8th Avenue Bridge & Riverfront Improvements // 2027(pending federal funding)8th Ave Bridge rendering
  • Elevated 15 feet, bridge to remain open during floods
  • Raised above 2008 volume
  • Fewer piers in river
  • Incorporates floodwall, pump station, and streetscaping/lighting
  • Incorporates indoor/outdoor public gathering spaces
  • Complements Amphitheatre
  • Trail component 
1st and 1st Traffic Signal // Spring 2024
  • Traffic and pedestrian signal upgrades in connection with the 1st and 1st development
Valor Way Storm/Sanitary // 2023 - 24
  • Relocating 1st Street away from the Flood Control System
1st Street from 380 to 2nd Avenue // 2023 - 2024
  • Relocating 1st Street away from the Flood Control System

South Segment: NewBo & Czech Village

12th Avenue SW Pump Station // 2023 - 24
  • Largest pump station undertaken to date, located south of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge
  • Capacity anticipated to be over 100,000 gallons per minute (more than twice the size of the Parking Lot 44 Pump Station)
  • The aesthetics will complement and blend with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
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