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New Public Works Projects in Lafourche Parish will improve drainage and flood protection

New Public Works Projects in Lafourche Parish will improve drainage and flood protection

Mathews - Lafourche Parish Government is embarking on two public works projects that will improve drainage and flood protection, President Charlotte Randolph announced recently. Randolph said two existing pump stations -- District 1 of 12 and District 2 of 12 -- will be rebuilt at a cost of $2.3-million.

The money for the project was funded through the Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG.) Both pumps are located south of Raceland in Council District 5. At the District 1 of 12 station, contractors will install 2 new 36-inch pumps and 3 new engines. One 36-inch pump will also be removed, repaired and reinstalled.

The work also includes installation of new drainage basins, and sheet piling to protect the structure and adjacent levee. A new diesel fuel system will also be added to the station. The District 2 of 12 will get 3 new pumps and 2 new engines.

Lafourche Parish Government will provide an additional new engine for the station. The work at the site consists of installing new drainage basins and sheet piling. This project will also include a new diesel fuel system. Both projects were designed by Professional Engineering and Environmental Consultants, Inc. The contractor for the District 1 of 12 station is Volute, Inc. The contractor for the District 2 of 12 is Low Land Construction. The expected completion date for project is in the fall. Randolph also said that work should begin soon on the Des Allemands Breakwater and Bulkhead.

Hurricane Gustav severely damaged the bulkhead and its associated levee system, which was already weakened from natural storm forces in that community. The breakwater/bulkhead is located in Council District 2. This $3.6-million disaster recovery project will replace the existing wooden bulkhead to accommodate a new tie-back system, and install 2,000 feet of steel and vinyl sheet pile walls with a tie-back and dead-man system. It will also backfill all excavations from the dead-man installation and reconstruct West Bayou Drive. Additionally, it will excavate the levee supporting the existing bulkhead, and add 650 tons of stone rip-rap to shore up the levee. All South Consulting Engineers, LLC designed the project. Work on the breakwater/bulkhead is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.