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3 ARRA-funded contracts awarded for Mississippi River and Tributaries

Published Nov. 24, 2009

NEW ORLEANS – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is funding Corps work on the Old River and Atchafalaya Basin Maintenance projects. The following is a list of recent contract awards.

· A $1.99 million contract was awarded to DQSI Corporation of Covington, La. Nov. 4 for part of the Atchafalaya Basin Maintenance Project. ARRA funds are being used to install new gates, machinery and bulkheads at the Bayou Courtableau Drainage Structure in St. Landry Parish. Work is expected to be complete late October 2010.

· A $3,298,523 contract was awarded to Xpert's Gulf LLC of Covington, La. Nov. 2 as part of the Old River Project. ARRA funds are being used to replace creosote timbers on the hinged gate of the Overbank Control Structure in Avoyelles Parish, La. Work is expected to be complete in May 2010.

· A $540,000 contract was awarded to Merrick Construction Co. of Cottonport, La. Oct. 29 for part of the Atchafalaya Basin Maintenance Project. ARRA funds are being used to complete matting repairs in the Bayou Sorrel Lock chamber in Iberia Parish. Work is expected to be completed in April 2010.

The Corps’ ARRA project list represents a set of productive investments that contribute to economic development and aquatic ecosystem restoration. These projects will achieve the purposes of the recovery act to commence expenditures quickly by investing in infrastructure that will provide long-term economic and environmental benefits to the nation. Moreover, the projects are fully consistent with the president’s direction to ensure that ARRA funds are spent responsibly and transparently.

For a list of projects and more information about the Corps’ role in the ARRA, visit www.usace.army.mil/recovery.

Release no. 09-021