Blue River Basin (Dodson Industrial District)



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Dodson Industrial District is located along the Blue River in the south-central portion of Kansas City, Missouri. This area is prone to frequent flooding, with serious floods having occurred in 1928, 1944, 1951, 1961 and 1990. Less severe flooding occurred in 1958, 1977 and 1984.  The National Economic Development (NED) plan provides for a 500-year levee and gate system. This 6800 foot long levee-floodwall runs along the north bank of the Blue River from the Bannister Road Federal Complex upstream to the Bruce R. Watkins Memorial Drive (71 Highway) downstream.

The property investment in Dodson is nearly $240,000,000, made up of 30 commercial/light industrial firms and a public works facility, employing 1,250 people. Dodson is surrounded by several major commercial and industrial centers, residing on 85th Street which is a main east west artery through Kansas City.

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City of Kansas City, MO; and US Army Corps of Engineers

lber Electric
Blue Ridge Industrial Assn.
Blue Valley Assn.
Blue Valley Neighborhood Assn.
Bratton Corporation
BV Holdings
Byrams Ford Business Assn.
Clay and Bailey Mfg. Co
Country Club Tree Service
Dean Machinery Company
DECO Companies
Dit-MCO International
Earth Riders Trails Assn.
Eastwood Hills Neighborhood
Environmental Specialists Corporation
Fly Fishers
International Paper
KC WildLands


  • 10 Feb 2015 12:39 PM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    BLUE RIVER BASIN (Dodson Ind. District), Kansas City, MO - FY16 $14,400,000 Construction


    FY16 $14.4M along with FY15 $2M completes project.

    $3.8M remaining under the current authorization.

    PACR submitted for modification of project costs to $47M.

    Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4A complete.

    Remaining Phase 4 design nearly complete.


    500-year flood protection of nearly $380,000,000 of property investment and 1,500 employees and major road connections providing safe egress during floods. 

  • 23 Mar 2010 12:12 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Kansas City has been working aggressively to honor commitments on this project and to support it moving forward.

    This flood protection, which is essential to having safe emergency access to a large portion of the City south of the Missouri River during flooding situations, can be maintained via access from Bruce Watkins Memorial Drive.

    This project was authorized in the 1996 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and can be completed in 2011 if adequate Federal funding is provided.

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