Corps awards contract for City of Carencro drainage feature

Published Sept. 30, 2013

NEW ORLEANS -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District awarded a $1.1 million contract on September 25, 2013 to Phylway Construction LLC of Thibodaux, Louisiana to construct Phase I of the City of Carencro, Continuing Authorities Program, Section 205 drainage project.  This project will improve drainage in Beau Bassin Coulee.

The Corps of Engineers has worked in partnership with the City of Carencro through the Continuing Authorities Program to identify the need to facilitate better drainage throughout the area, design an appropriate solution and move to construction.

“The Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), Section 205 allows the Corps to assist its local partners and stakeholders with identifying and resolving small-scale water management issues without having to request authorization and appropriations from Congress.” said Nick Sims, Corps Project Manager.  “We look forward to constructing this CAP project with the City of Carencro.”

"We have been working on this project for over a dozen years and I am ecstatic that this long overdue project is finally going to begin moving dirt.  This project should help with flooding issues along this major drainage canal and help with drainage issues in a large majority of our community,” said City of Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux.  “In addition to the City of Carencro taxpayers, I have several agencies to thank for coming together to make this important project happen: the Lafayette Consolidated Government, Louisiana Statewide Flood Control, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, along with elected officials from the City of Carencro, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Senators and Representatives, and our Congressional delegation."

Construction of Phase I of the project is anticipated to begin November 2013 and includes the excavation of a detention pond, construction of concrete slope paving, clearing and grubbing, and installation of erosion protection measures such as rip rap, block matting, and turf reinforced matting.  Construction of Phase I is anticipated to be complete in April 2014. 

The contract for Phase II of the project is projected to be awarded in early 2014.  The entire project, when complete, will consist of a retention pond, erosion control measures, and clearing, grubbing and dressing of approximately 11,000 feet of Beau Bassin Coulee.

During construction, residents of the area can expect an increase of heavy construction equipment in the vicinity of the project and are asked to proceed with caution when in the project area.

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