NEW ORLEANS – Last week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, awarded the four remaining West Bank and Vicinity – Mississippi River Levee contracts to raise approximately 15.5 miles of existing earthen levees two to five feet in height on the west bank of Plaquemines and Orleans parishes to the 100-year level of risk reduction.
· WBV-MRL 1.1 was awarded to Cycle Construction Company for $15.5 million. The first 1,000’ of the work includes the emergency bypass route which has been added to the WBV-9a contract via modification.
· WBV-MRL 3.1 was awarded to Merrick Construction Company for $10.2 million.
· WBV-MRL 4.1 was awarded to Shavers-Whittle Construction for $6.2 million.
· WBV-MRL 6.1 was awarded to Allen Wright Enterprises/Hamp's Construction (Joint Venture) for $4.4 million.
This risk reduction feature is located on the west bank from River Mile 70 to RM 85.5. The 100-year level of protection will be attained upon the completion date of June 1, 2011. Once complete, the levees will reduce risk for residents and businesses from a storm surge event that has a one-percent chance of occurring each year.
Release no. 11-089