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Contract awarded for test section work for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, recently awarded a contract for test section work on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction project...
West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District has scheduled two virtual public scoping meetings to gather input for the preparation of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)...
Contract awarded for access road work for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, recently awarded a contract for constructing access roads on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction...
Announcement of Formal Public Scoping Comment Period for West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Project
Public Meetings will be rescheduled. Dates will be posted when Information is available...
West Shore Lake Pontchartrain virtual public meeting scheduled
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District has scheduled a virtual public meeting regarding the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project. The meeting will be live-streamed on Wednesday,...

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 2015 and the project has been included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Project Purpose and 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 storm surge risk reduction will be achieved by a variety of structural and non-structural features to include: levees, floodwalls, and pumps. While these features will reduce risk from storm surge associated with tropical events, they do not specifically reduce risk of flooding from significant rainfall.

Project Status

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. Three contracts are underway stockpiling clay and sand for use in levee construction. A contract to construct access roads was awarded in August 2021. Test sections have been awarded with additional construction anticipated in Spring of 2022.

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

WSLP Facebook

WSLP Mitigation Comments

Comment period will be open through

October 31, 2021

Send comment/input to:

Email: mvnenvironmental@usace.army.mil

By mail:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Regional Planning and Environmental Division South PDS-C
7400 Leake Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118