The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, recently awarded a contract for constructing the third levee reach on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction project. This contract will construct approximately 1.8 miles of the 17.5-mile-long levee system that will provide 100-year level risk reduction to the area primarily in St. John the Baptist, St. James and St. Charles Parish.
The contract was awarded on April 28, 2023, to Onshore Materials, LLC, of Thibodaux, Louisiana for the construction of levee reach 101a, which is approximately 1.8 miles long. The contract at award is $22,595,265.00. Work will be performed in St. John the Baptist and St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. The levee elevation will be 12.5 feet.
“The Army Corps of Engineers team including our partners – Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and Pontchartrain Levee District – are excited to award another construction contract for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction project.,” said Col. Cullen A. Jones, New Orleans District commander. “The award of this contract for the system’s easternmost and third highest elevation levee is an important milestone as we continue to gain momentum in the delivery of the WSLP program.”
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. Contracts completed include test sections, clay stockpiles, sand stockpiles, sand placement, and access road construction. For more information on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project:
Release no. 23-008