Road Construction Update

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Last Revised: 8-29-2014

Devils Lake has steadily risen 32 feet in elevation over the past 16 years and continues to rise. Its reached 1454.39 feet on June 27, 2011, a new provisional record. This rise in water level has caused flooding to property and communities as well as transportation systems throughout the area. Water levels in Devils and Stump Lakes are anticipated to continue to rise over the next decade, flooding more property, communities, and transportation systems until the water level reaches 1458 feet at which time the water begins to flow into the Sheyenne River.

Currently some roads are functioning as dams, protecting interior roads, property and homes, even though the roads were not designed and constructed to act as dams. Corrective measures are being constructed as well as constrict dams separate from roads on higher ground to protect roads to reinforce these roads so that they safely function and meet dam safety standards. In the (2005) transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. A Legacy for Users funds was earmarked for the continuation of roadway services or the impoundment of water to protect roads, or both, at Devils Lake. The partners are: Spirit Lake Nation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and the North Dakota and Central Federal Land Divisions of the Federal Highway Administration.

Planning and Design Contact Information:

Project Manager Gary Strike
Mailing Address Central Federal Lands Highway Division
Attn: Gary Strike
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO   80228
Phone (720) 963-3464
Fax 720.963.3596