COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Work to improve dozens of miles of earthen Mississippi River levees in southwestern Illinois may take several months longer than expected.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council’s chief supervisor says construction on the levels largely will be completed by the second quarter of 2015. Earlier estimates had anticipated that work would be done by the end of 2014.

Les Sterman attributes the delay to the fact it took longer than anticipated to resolve the Army Corps of Engineers’ concerns about a key element of the levee design.

Sterman adds the delay isn’t expected to greatly affect the estimated $161 million cost. And he says it won’t keep officials from securing 100-year certifications for the levees by the end of 2015.

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