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Corps to temporarily close part of Lakeshore Drive - Permanent Canal Closure and Pump (PCCP), London Avenue Canal

Published July 10, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, and its contractor will temporarily close the two east bound lanes of Lakeshore Drive between Pratt Drive and the entrance to the University of New Orleans on Thursday, July 11 to accommodate preparation for and construction of the new PCCP at the Orleans Avenue outfall canal.  Throughout construction, public safety is the Corps’ number one priority. 

 

Weather permitting, the temporary closure of the east bound lanes will begin at 7:00 a.m. and allow workers to move equipment in the canal.  The two west bound lanes will remain open to traffic with a single east bound lane and a single west bound lane.  The normal traffic pattern, two east bound and two west bound lanes, will resume at 5:00 p.m. 

 

The Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps at 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue will provide a permanent and more sustainable measure for reducing the risk of a 100-year level storm surge entering the outfall canals.  Preconstruction activities including surveying, soil sampling and test pile driving are or will be under way at all three canals in the next few weeks; major construction activities will begin in the fall. 

 

The Interim Closure Structures (ICS) will continue to provide 100-year levels of storm surge risk reduction until the permanent pumps are constructed and operational.  Since their construction in 2006, these temporary structures have performed as designed in five named tropical weather events, most recently during Hurricane Isaac.

 

As construction of the Permanent Canal Closures & Pumps continues, residents and commuters are urged to use caution near active construction sites. If there are questions about construction of the system, call the Corps’ toll free Construction Hotline at 877-427-0345 or “like” us on Facebook www.facebook.com/permpumps to get regular updates.


Contact
Ricky Boyett
504-862-1524
ricky.d.boyett@usace.army.mil
or
After Hours:
504-756-2811

Release no. 13-042