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Corps to discuss mitigation for proposed impacts to historical structures of Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Published Sept. 22, 2009

New Orleans, LA – The Corps is hosting a public meeting to discuss the possible
impacts and mitigation measures that may be taken to build risk reduction measures at
the south shore of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The meeting will be held
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus, 3747
West Esplanade Ave., in Metairie.

“Community members are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide suggestions on
how the affects to these historic properties may be avoided, minimized, or mitigated,”
said Mike Swanda, Corps archeologist. “The bulk of the meeting will focus on the
content of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Corps and stakeholders
regarding these impacts.”

Construction of a concrete T-wall and ramp on the south shore of the Causeway would
result in adverse effects to historic properties including the Causeway and southern Toll
Plaza, a canopy with the original “Lake Pontchartrain Causeway” sign, a toll-takers
booth, and administrative buildings.

The meeting will start with an open house from 6 to 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by
a presentation and reading of the draft Memorandum of Agreement at 6:30 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District is holding this meeting as part
of its responsibilities under 36 CFR Part 800, the regulations implementing Section 106
of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.

The Memorandum of Agreement is between the Corps, Greater New Orleans
Expressway Commission, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Louisiana State
Historic Preservation Officer

Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on how the project may affect
these historic properties and ways that these effects may be avoided, minimized, or
mitigated. Comments may be submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers for a 15-
day period beginning on Sep. 23, 2009 and ending on Oct. 8, 2009 at
www.nolaenvironmental.gov or by regular mail.

Mailed comments should be sent to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
c/o Gib Owen
P.O. Box 60267
New Orleans, LA 70160-0267
Phone: 504-862-1337
Fax: 504-862-2088
E-mail: MVNenvironmental@usace.army.mil.

For more information or to sign up to be on a meeting notification list please visit the
following Web site: www.nolaenvironmental.gov or www.mvn.usace.army.mil.


Release no. 09-046