NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, District of New Orleans, recently awarded a contract to prepare the site for a 1.1-mile segment of the Hurricane Hazard and Damage Reduction Project. West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) hurricanes and storms. This contract will support the construction of approximately 17.5 miles of levees that will provide 100-year level hazard reduction in the area extending from the Bonnet Carré Spillway to Garyville.
The $1.2 million contract was recently awarded to Phylway Construction of Thibodaux, Louisiana. The work will be carried out in the parish of Saint-Jean-Baptiste and should be completed by the end of the year.
Senior Project Manager Bradley Drouant said, “This site preparation contract is an important step towards commencing levee construction on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project and reducing storm surge risk.
The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project will reduce storm surge risk over 100 years through a variety of features including: levees, flood walls and pumps. While these features reduce the risk of storm surge associated with tropical events, they do not specifically reduce the risk of flooding from heavy rainfall. The project design team continues to work with the non-federal sponsor to acquire rights of entry (ROE) and coordinate with utilities and pipelines within the project footprint.
For more information on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project:
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