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2nd Street Flood Control Project

After careful consideration, the Fargo City Commission has selected option “1F” as the preferred flood protection plan along 2nd Street North, from approximately NP Avenue to 6th Avenue North. This option provides flood protection for portions of the downtown area along with public green space and a walking path along the river. It also calls for the realignment of 2nd Street between 1st Avenue North and 6th Avenue North and the closure of the intersection at 3rd Avenue and 2nd Street.


2nd Street North, from NP Avenue to 6th Avenue North, requires the construction of a temporary earthen levee whenever the river is projected to reach major flood stage at a river gauge level of 30-feet or higher. This temporary levee protects areas of downtown from floodwaters and has been installed five times since 2011. In fact, it was required to be installed two times in 2013 alone due to separate spring and summer floods.

While the City has been successful to date in holding back the Red River with these temporary measures, it is vital to establish permanent protection that is far more reliable than the emergency efforts. In the summer of 2013, the City of Fargo developed four options to help reduce flood risk in the downtown area along 2nd Street North from approximately NP Avenue to 6th Avenue North. These original four options can be viewed below. View full project description with maps and images: PDF

Options considered (PDF)

  • Option 1A : Floodwall, maintain 2nd Street. $23.2 million
  • Option 1B : Floodwall, maintain 2nd Street, ability to accommodate grade separated pedestrian connection. $23.5 million
  • Option 1C : Floodwall, abandon 2nd Street. $21.8 million
  • Option 2 : Floodwall, with grade separated traffic and pedestrian facilities (tunnel). $44.1 million
  • View all proposal maps in one document.

Construction Timeline

The entire 2nd Street Flood Control Project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016.

2nd Street North Pump Station

  • Construction started in December 2014
  • Completion date November 2015

2nd Street North Floodwall

  • Project bid opening – July 2015
  • Construction start – August 2015
  • 1st Avenue North Construction – Spring/Summer 2016
  • Project completion Fall 2016

2nd Street South Floodwall & 4th Street Levee Pump Station

  • 2nd Street South Floodwall & 4th Street Levee Pump Station
  • 2nd Street South Floodwall & 4th Street Levee Pump Station

2nd Street South Floodwall

  • Construction started April 2015
  • First segment completed October 2015
  • 2nd Street South reopening – November 2015
  • 2nd segment completed August 2016