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West Shore Lake Pontchartrain

The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project is located in southeast Louisiana on the east-bank of the Mississippi River in St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. James parishes in southeast Louisiana. The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Chief’s report was published in June 2016 and the project received $760 million in funding in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. 

Project Purpose & Features

More than 60,000 people in the three-parish study area have little to no hurricane risk reduction in place. Additionally, the dominant evacuation route for the New Orleans metropolitan area (I10) bisects the study area. During Hurricane Isaac, storm surge inundated approximately 7,000 homes and the interstate was submerged for several days slowing emergency response across the region. The Project will construct a 100-year level risk reduction system extending from the Bonnet Carre spillway to Garyville.   

100-year risk reduction will be achieved by a variety of structural and non-structural features to include: levees, floodwalls, and pump stations. 

Project Status

The first levee construction contract, WSLP-110 near Garyville, was awarded December 2022.  WSLP-107, was advertised January 2023.  These latest efforts follow previous construction of nine “land bridge” access roads from existing state highways and I-10 to the future levee alignment, two sand placement contracts preparing for levee construction in the WSLP-101/102/103 reaches, three stockpile contracts for sand and clay, and multiple mitigation bank awards.  Levee construction contract awards are scheduled to continue through Summer 2023. Coordination efforts are taking place to design the project’s western end most efficiently to correspond with the State’s Maurepas Diversion project. 

Working With The Corps

National, regional, and local companies are welcome to bid on pre-construction efforts for the projects. These include: Stock pile contracts, sand base placement contracts, access road contracts, and vegetation clearing. Use the resources below to get involved with the project. 

Presentation from September 18, 2019 Contractor Industry Day in St. John the Baptist Parish

Doing Business with USACE Handout

Guide to Marketing to the DoD

WSLP Hurricane and Storm Reduction Project - Commercial Borrow Sources Contract Opportunities

West Shore News Links

Record of Decision signed for West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Mitigation Alternative
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, announced today that a Record of Decision was signed by Maj. Gen. Diana Holland, Mississippi Valley Division Commanding General, on the West...
Contract awarded for levee work for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, recently awarded a contract for constructing the first levee reach on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk...
Corps releases West Shore Lake Pontchartrain environmental documents for review
Alternative project evaluation to compensate for environmental impacts associated with the construction of WSLP Project...
West Shore Lake Pontchartrain public meetings scheduled
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District scheduled two virtual public meetings to gather input for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement...
Contract awarded for site preparation for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, recently awarded a contract for site preparation on a 1.1-mile segment of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) Hurricane and Storm Damage...
Corps re-releases West Shore Lake Pontchartrain environmental documents for review
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District re-released the “Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Risk Reduction Study, Draft Mitigation Plan...