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Heidi Shaffer, Published January 13 2011

Corps picks eastern F-M diversion alignment, but western path not off the table

FARGO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will move forward with an eastern alignment of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion, but a path 1½ miles to the west is not off the table.

Local leaders have scrambled to argue the case for their preferred western alignment since the corps last month gave them a Jan. 31 deadline before that path would no longer be a consideration.

The eastern alignment, which runs along the West Fargo-Horace diversion, will be the plan evaluated in the corps’ feasibility study slated for release on April 27, said Aaron Snyder, project manager for the corps.

But future consideration will be given to the western path during design and further study of the project, which will likely not be completed for at least a decade.

The diversion will be built from north to south, and the disputed alignment wouldn’t be built for at least four to seven years, Snyder said.

Cass County and West Fargo officials presented a list of several areas and structures – including a power substation located on the wet side of the eastern alignment – that should be protected by a channel farther to the west.

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Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511