City of Dubuque News Release

Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert Project Kick-Off on Aug. 8

Kristin Hill, Communications Specialist

August 5, 2019 -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The City of Dubuque will hold a project kick-off on Thursday, August 8, to celebrate the initiation of construction of the Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert phase of the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project. The public is invited to attend.
The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Lower Bee Branch corridor at the end of the paved trail north of E. 16th St. The best way to access the event is to drive to the end of Kerper Ct. where there will be a marked entrance to the site. Parking will be available. Click here to view a map of the area. The program will include remarks by City staff, project funding partners, and elected officials. 

The America’s River III legacy donors, who provided the local match for a $2.25 River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism (RECAT) grant for the Bee Branch Project in 2011, will be recognized. These organizations include American Trust & Savings Bank, Dubuque County, Dubuque Bank and Trust, Dubuque Racing Association, Dupaco Community Credit Union, Premier Bank, and U.S. Bank.
The Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert is a critical phase of the larger Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project and, once completed, will increase the flood mitigation system’s capacity to protect the area from a 75-year rain event to a 500-year rain event.

The project involves using micro-tunneling methods to install six, 8-foot diameter culverts under the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) tracks along Garfield Ave. This will allow stormwater to drain more efficiently from the upstream portion of the Bee Branch Creek to the downstream portion and 16th St. Detention Basin.
For additional details on the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project, visit or call 563.690.6068.

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