Corps awards two contracts
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded two contracts totaling more than $42 million to create a new box culvert under the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground in New Orleans and widen the Murphy Canal in Jefferson Parish as part of an expansive drainage project in the metro area.
The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project seeks to reduce damage from a so-called “10-year rain event,” or a storm that has a 10 percent chance of occurring in any given year.
In the New Orleans area, that amounts to a storm that drops about 9 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
The Napoleon Avenue project, awarded to Boh Bros. Construction, will run about 3,000 feet from Constance Street to Carondelet Street, where it will link up with another section of the same type of box culvert that Boh Bros. is now building.
The Napoleon Avenue work is expected to start in October and to be completed by fall 2016 at a cost of $38 million.
The $4.4 million Murphy Canal project will require National Services Inc. to widen and improve about 3,300 feet of the canal along Peters Road, from the south entrance of Boomtown Casino to Bayou Road.
The project is expected to begin in October and wrap up by February 2015.
The corps works with the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and parish governments on the projects.
About 45 projects in Jefferson Parish and 10 projects in New Orleans have been completed so far.
Work in Jefferson Parish is expected to be completed in 2017, with the New Orleans projects due to finish a year later.