Corps begins clearing trees for Phase I work on Jefferson Avenue

Published Aug. 22, 2013

Southeast Louisiana Project (SELA) 

NEW ORLEANS -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District recently awarded a 50-month contract to B&K Construction Co. for increased drainage along Jefferson Ave. in Orleans Parish. The contract, which is part of the Southeast Louisiana Project (SELA), will reduce the risk of damages from a 10-year rainfall event.  A 10-year event is a rain storm that has a 10 percent chance of happening in a given year and equates to approximately nine inches of rain over a 24-hour period for our area. 

The $52 million contract calls for constructing approximately 3,000 feet of underground drainage canal and required sewer and water line relocations along Jefferson Ave. from S. Claiborne Ave to Dryades St. 

Before construction activities can begin next month, a licensed arborist will clear the neutral ground of all trees and shrubs on Jefferson Ave. between S. Claiborne Ave. and Danneel St.  That phase of work will begin the week of August 26. Necessary tree removal actions have been coordinated with the Corps' partner, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, as well as the City of New Orleans’ Parks and Parkways department.  Soon after the project is complete in the fall of 2017, landscaping will be restored in this area.  The Corps will coordinate with the city of New Orleans and interested residents in developing a landscape design.

The contract includes a traffic control plan fully coordinated with the City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works (DPW).  Traffic will be maintained on Jefferson Ave. for the most part, with southbound traffic detouring to Nashville Ave. for canal construction and northbound traffic remaining on Jefferson Ave.  Any modifications to the plan will be done in coordination with the City of New Orleans DPW. 

The Corps will continue to work closely with its partners at the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans on the SELA program.  To date, a total of sixteen SELA contracts have been awarded in Orleans Parish, with work completed on nine of those projects.  All scheduled SELA work in Orleans Parish should be finished in 2018.


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