Turkey Creek Flood Damages Reduction Project Update

27 Jun 2018 5:32 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

The Turkey Creek Basin project continues to move forward toward completion in 2021.  The Missouri Interceptor is the final project phase of the Turkey Creek Flood Damages Reduction Project and a major component to an integrated approach to flood control within the Kansas City metropolitan area. This final phase along with the completed Kansas Interceptors and Turkey Creek Channel Improvements will complete the 23-year project and provide significant improvement in flood control along Turkey Creek and the businesses along the Turkey Creek corridor within the Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area.  The Missouri Interceptor project consists of improvements to lower Turkey Creek and construction of storm water interceptors to collect hillside drainage and convey it to Turkey Creek.  These improvements include a levee extension; lowering of the creek at the tunnel entrance; a new dual outlet structure and storm water interceptors and associated inlets, and relocation of sanitary sewer and water main structures.

Two construction contracts were awarded for the Missouri Interceptor and both contractors mobilized and construction activities underway.  The Corps of Engineers reports that the outlet structure and first 300 feet of dual 10-ft by 9-ft reinforced concrete box structures have been installed and backfilling above the outlet is currently progressing.  Placement of anchored concrete walls in the channel is approximately 60% complete.  Backfill of the interceptor and construction of the levee using imported impervious fill is ongoing.  Work has also begun on the sanitary sewer relocations necessary to continue the main interceptor section under BNSF railroad tracks through the Union Pacific rail yard crossing multiple railroad tracks.  Relocation of the first of two existing sanitary sewers in the rail yards has been completed and excavation for the relocation of the second sanitary sewer line has begun.   

Partnerships between the governments of the two cities, the Corps of Engineers, congressional offices, local stakeholders and advocacy organizations such as MOARC and KCIC have set the stage for completion of this final phase of the flood control project.  Completed construction of the initial phases of the project have provided significant reduction of flooding within the basin and with the completion of this final phase of construction expected in 2021 additional risks to lives and property along the Turkey Creek corridor will be realized.  


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