Corps Says New Plan For Diversion Will Save Money

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the cost for building a Red River diversion channel around Fargo is going down.

The corps released a map Thursday showing changes in the alignment of the 36-mile waterway. Agency officials say the new design will “improve the efficiency and substantially reduce the cost of the diversion.”

New cost figures were not immediately available. The previous estimate put the price tag at about $1.8 billion.

The corps has scheduled a meeting with affected landowners Monday evening in Harwood.

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