Corps of Engineers awards major contract to repair floodway levee

(Source: Memphis District, Army Corps of Engineers)
(Source: Memphis District, Army Corps of Engineers)

MEMPHIS, TN (KFVS) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday they have awarded a major contract to three contractors to make repairs to the Birds Point-New Madrid frontline levee. The total contract amount is not to exceed $20 million.

"This is the first significant step in restoring the confluence area and the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway from the damages incurred from the historical flood of 2011," Col. Vernie Reichling, the Corps' Memphis District commander said on Wednesday. "Our team, made up of our partners in Missouri and in the Memphis District, has worked diligently to set the conditions for an excellent construction season this year.

"But this is only the first step," Col. Reichling went on to say. "We plan on awarding several contracts this year to repair damages in Kentucky and Illinois."

The public affairs office says the first task order for repairs to the upper crevasse was awarded to Young's General Contracting of Poplar Bluff for $2,438,963.

According to the Memphis District, this order will address permanent repairs and will provide a full levee cross-section at a level of protection equivalent to 55' on the Cairo gage.

According to the Corps' Memphis District, additional Task Orders by Kingridge Enterprises, Inc., of Little Rock, Ark. and Harold Coffey Construction Co., of Hickman, Ky. will provide for the completion of remaining work at all three crevasses to fully restore the Floodway frontline levee to its original condition prior to activation in May 2011.

The repairs will  take place in the confluence area where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers converge. Work is also in progress or planned for locations in and around Cairo, Illinois and in Fulton County, Ky.

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