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Larose locks on schedule for completion

Larose locks on schedule for completion

The Ted Gisclair Lock gates are on schedule to be returned to service within two weeks, says South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD) General Manager Windell Curole.

The two gates have been in Belle Chasse, undergoing improvements.

Centaur Construction, LLC was awarded the $1.38 million project to add 5 feet of height to the gates, then blast and paint them.

In the meantime, SLLD has had divers survey the Larose site for any structural damage, before the gates are returned. Although none has been found, SLLD will clean out some mud and debris which has formed at the base of the lock, while waiting for the return of the gates.

“We are on schedule for the finish date of February 27,” said Curole.

He did note that despite SLLD’s effort to ensure the integrity of the Ted Gisclair lock system, the Army Corps of Engineers will not certify the locks after completion of the project because the Corps requires a visual inspection of the entire lock.

“This would require dewatering the lock,” said Curole, a process that would shut down marine commerce in Bayou Lafourche for a period of 2-3 weeks.

Curole said the SLLD board does not think it is necessary or practical now to go through the dewatering process.

“We’ll send the inspection report to the Corps. What’s important now is ‘does it work and is it structurally sound?’ We are doing the reasonable things,” he said.

When returned to service, the gates and lock will have a height of 13 ft. above sea level, the same as the adjoining levees.