Three small business contracts total $42 million
NEW ORLEANS – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the final three contracts for vital risk reduction work in New Orleans East. Public safety is the Corps’ top priority and the projects will reduce impacts from a 100-year storm surge event, which has a one percent chance of occurring in any given year.
A $19.4 million contract was awarded to David Boland, Inc., a Florida-based HUBZONE small business, for replacement of existing I-wall with T-wall and construction of new floodwall east of the Lakefront Airport to an elevation of 15.5 feet.
A $15.9 million contract was awarded to L&A Contracting Company, a small business based in Hattiesburg, Miss., to raise the existing Citrus Lakefront Levee west of Paris Rd. with a 2 – 4 foot wall.
And a $7.3 million contract was awarded to Shavers-Whittle Construction, LLC, of Covington, La., also a small business, to replace existing I-wall with T-wall and construct a new access gate to an elevation of 15.5 feet at Lincoln Beach.
“Award of the final three contracts for the remaining floodwalls and levees in Orleans East enables all projects to get underway,” said Col. Robert Sinkler, Commander of the Corps’ Hurricane Protection Office. “We are very grateful for the generosity of the private landowners who permitted us to gain access to their property so construction can remain on schedule. Nearly six miles of the levees and T-walls are being constructed on private property in New Orleans East.”
All three projects will be substantially complete by June 2011. The Corps has one remaining contract to award on the East Bank of Orleans Parish and one in St. Bernard.
Release no. 10-078