Contract awarded to improve drainage in Orleans Parish

Published March 18, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, recently awarded a 42-month contract to provide increased drainage for the Uptown area. The contract includes canal improvements along Louisiana Avenue between Constance Street and South Claiborne Avenue. The project, 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 basically a rain storm that has a 10% annual probability of occurrence and equates to approximately 9 inches of rain over a 24-hour period for our area.

On March 13, 2014, the Corps awarded a $76 million contract to Boh Brothers Construction Co. The contract calls for constructing approximately 7,200 linear feet of concrete covered box culvert under the neutral ground along Louisiana Avenue from Constance Street to South Claiborne Avenue and will tie into existing drainage at each end. A notice to proceed will be issued mid March and construction will be complete in the fall of 2017.

The Corps continues to work closely with its partners at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the City of New Orleans on the SELA program.

Rene Poche
After Hours

Release no. 14-016