Cost of Pueblo Levee Repairs Expected to Rise

Mar 25, 2015

Initial work to rebuild the aging Arkansas River levee in Pueblo is winding down. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports that structural issues discovered during this phase will likely mean the project will cost more than originally projected.

Work began late last year to lower the height and replace the concrete facing on the levee in order to meet FEMA flood control requirements. The bottom of the 90-year-old structure is about nine feet deeper than expected, according to Rick Kidd, the administrator for the Pueblo Conservancy District, which oversees the levee.

"We’re going to have additional cost because we have more demolition work, more excavation work, more dewatering, and more replacement concrete that we have to deal with," says Kidd.

At the end of April the district board will discuss new budget projections and a schedule to complete the work.