Army Corps of Engineers and City of Des Moines complete Central Place Levee

Published Nov. 6, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Des Moines invite the public to help celebrate the substantial completion of the Central Place Levee in Des Moines with a ribbon cutting ceremony, November 7 at 10 a.m. The ceremony is being held adjacent to the Levee at the end of College Avenue in Des Moines.

The $5.5 million contract to reconstruct the Central Place levee was awarded to Reilly Construction Co., Inc in September 2010. The project consisted of degrading the existing levee and rebuilding a compacted earthen embankment along most of the original alignment, adding stone protection, and modification of pump stations.

The project provides an increased level of protection against a 1 percent chance flood event for homes and businesses. Although completion of work at the 2nd & Franklin pump station is yet to be completed, the new levee system is able to withstand the design flood in its current condition.

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For technical questions about the project, please contact Mike Zukowski, (309) 794-5890, Media interested in covering the event should contact Allen Marshall at (309) 794-5204,; or Pam Cooksey at (515) 283-4747,

Allen Marshall

Release no. FY13-11-03