11/29/17 – The view from the famous Steamboat Days stage at the Port of Burlington, looking south towards Memorial Auditorium and the riverfont / Photo by Landon Mitchell, KGRS-FM
Downtown Burlington transformation
Steamboat Days and other downtown events should enjoy drastically reduced flooding impacts and worries in years to come. The construction of a flood wall along the Burlington riverfront, most notably between the Port of Burlington and Memorial Auditorium, has been underway since September and is still on track to be finished in May of 2018.
There are some concerns from city workers that the wall as is currently coming along may too easily lend to vandalism or graffiti, but Burlington Assistant City Manager Nick MacGregor says city employees are speaking with the wall’s developer to take care of those concerns.
This $6.2 million project is just the first phase of flood protection that will be coming to the Burlington riverfront. Burlington has received a grant of $26.2 million from Iowa’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Flood Mitigation Fund, and so additional flood protection will be coming to the Burlington riverfront.
Added work is set to begin in 2019. Following all the flood protection work, the Port of Burlington, for example, will be completely closed off from the river’s flooding cycles — including underneath the Port. The multi-phase work will also include flood protection for Memorial Auditorium. The main flood wall itself will run from the Highway 34 off-ramp to the Port, Auditorium, and down to Market Street.
The downtown Burlington area soon will be able to reliably host more people and events more often — for generations to come.
An incredible project:
11/29/17 – Flood protection construction along the Burlington riverfront between the Port of Burlington and Memorial Auditorium / Video by Landon Mitchell, KGRS-FM