Construction is scheduled to begin on the 16th Avenue SE floodgate on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The 16th Avenue Bridge will be closed to motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists starting April 7 and is scheduled to re-open this fall. The contractor may begin bringing in equipment starting as early as April 2.

A detour has been established for both motorists and trail users via the 12th Avenue Bridge:

Access to Czech Village will remain open via C Street SW and 16th Avenue SW. The intersection of 2nd Street SE and 16th Avenue SE in NewBo will also remain open. Detour signs and “Business Access Open” signs will also be in place.

Project Highlights

  • The 16th Avenue SE floodgate rolls across the road, closes, and locks into place in approximately 45 minutes, protecting the community and neighborhood to the 2008 flood volume.
  • The gate will be approximately 14 feet high and 67 feet long.
  • The project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2020.
  • A similar gate is planned for the west side of the bridge in 2022.