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Published May 02, 2012, 05:22 PM

Designers surveying FM Diversion locations

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Designers for the Red River Diversion are taking a giant leap in the planning stage. They're in the valley right now, checking out the project area first-hand, to visualize what the finished product will look like.

Designers for the Red River Diversion are taking a giant leap in the planning stage. They're in the valley right now, checking out the project area first-hand, to visualize what the finished product will look like.

Colonel Michael Price – US Army Corps of Engineers: "One of the reasons they've come here to get boots on the ground is see the terrain, see what the communities have dealt with over the last several years."

Colonel Michael Price, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is explaining how the diversion will work with North Dakota terrain and demonstrating for designers just how far the 2,000 foot channel actually spans.

Colonel Price: "The region up here is far different than any other places in the US so many people in down south and in the Mississippi valley don't get to see the flatness of the terrain.."

The design team consists of people from across the country. Some designers say it's crucial to see the layout of the land.

Roger Less – US Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Design: “Come up to Fargo where we got a lot of flat land, and it lends itself to a very favorable option to put a diversion channel in."

Roger Less, one of the Chiefs of Design for the Army Corps, says with this new knowledge of the project area, it's time to put their pens to paper.

Roger Less: "We got our marching orders from Saint Paul, City of Fargo, City of Moorhead, now we are going to go back home and start designing."

Less says connecting with the cross-country design team is a critical step in the planning process, and will make future collaboration a lot easier.

Price says with the design already underway, they're hoping to break ground in 2013.

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