New Orleans – 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 project. This construction will support the construction of approximately 17.5 miles of levee system that will provide 100-year level risk reduction to the area extending from Bonnet Carrė spillway to Garyville.
The $11,689,631.25 firm-fixed-price contract was recently awarded to Justin J. Reeves, LLC, of Houma, Louisiana. The contract consists of a Base contract of $5,515,379.80. Work will be performed in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Completion of the contract work is expected in 2022.
Bradley Drouant, Sr. Project Manager, said “construction of these access roads to the future levee alignment is an important first step towards beginning levee construction on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project and reducing risk from storm surge.”
The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project will achieve 100-year storm surge risk reduction 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. 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. Levee construction is set to begin midyear 2022.
For more information on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project:
Release no. 21-082