Lincoln Waterway Box Culvert Replacement Project



In 2020, the City consulted with Bolton & Menk, Inc. to update its surface water model as well as review known localized flooding issues throughout the community. These localized flooding issues are isolated events unassociated with the Cannon River flooding, which our community is very familiar.

One area that was previously identified as a flood risk, which was evaluated with the surface water model update, is an open conveyance channel (ditch), known as the Lincoln Waterway.

A known bottleneck or chokepoint, created by a 2-foot by 3-foot box culvert underneath one of the active rail lines within the conveyance, was assessed for sizing deficiencies. It was determined a 6-foot by 8-foot box culvert was needed to adequately convey stormwater flows.

Administrative and design work for this project began in 2022 when the City was awarded $90,000 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for a successful proposal submitted to the Planning Grants for Stormwater, Wastewater, and Community Resilience program.

Construction for this project (originally proposed for 2023) is now expected to occur in 2024, after several delays throughout the coordination process with the rail line.


The waterway is located on the north side of town and runs behind Greenvale Park Elementary School and eventually discharges into the Cannon River after crossing underneath a series of railroad tracks and Highway 3. 

LWW Box Culvert Location Map


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Project process

Project process (PDF)

Community engagement

Due to the small number of properties affected throughout the project, the City had individual communications with the property owners. The City will communicate further with affected residents before construction starts.

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  1. Cole Johnson

    Cole Johnson

    Water Quality Specialist