The construction of a new flood levee along the Big Cottonwood River in the City of Springfield is underway. The first phase of the work involved the removal of the trees in the construction area in the eastern section of Springfield, and that work is now done. Soil preparation and the mobilization of the heavy equipment needed for the project began this week. All of the fill from the city’s 1969 levee will be removed before work on the new levee begins. It will be 3-feet higher and have a broader base than the previous levee, and will be constructed from just east of the Springfield Community Center to the western edge of Brown County Road 5. The cost of the more-than $724,000 levee is being split between Springfield and the state, and work is expected to be completed by the end of October.