The City of Hastings, Minnesota, has a federally funded levee that mitigates the city’s flood risk from the Vermillion River. Sedimentation and trail improvements near the Highway 47 bridge had changed the bridge hydraulics putting the Hastings levee in danger of being dropped from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' levee safety program. Barr completed a feasibility study to demonstrate that removal of sediment from beneath the bridge would restore the bridge's hydraulic opening associated with the original levee design. We prepared construction plans and specifications for the sediment removal and coordinated permits with the Corps and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Sediment removal was completed in fall 2018, allowing the community to keep its levee in the Corps’ levee safety program.
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Senior Water Resources Civil Technician