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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Project to reinforce levees from Lockport to Larose

Project to reinforce levees from Lockport to Larose

The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District (NLLD) will begin reinforcing levees from Valentine to Larose next month.

NLLD awarded the construction contract for the first phase of the project for $2.9 million, nearly $900,000 under budget and significantly less than the $3.8 million originally estimated for the levee improvements.

The district aims to strengthen Reaches C4, C5 and D1 of the Lockport to Larose Hurricane Protection Levee Project, which are located near Valentine and T-Bois bridges on private property.

“That part of the levee stabilizes issues for a long time, and these will be less likely to breech at lower water levels,” said Dwayne Bourgeois, executive director for the district.

Low bidder Onshore Materials, LLC was awarded the construction contract on Dec. 19.

Bourgeois said the district has been working to improve these levees for 12 years now, and it was able to start the project now because it acquired permission from all the landowners to do the work. Several hundred people own the land where the construction will be performed, Bourgeois estimated.

When completed, the project will include clearing, excavating and shaping the levee embankments and increasing the overall height of the levee to +7.5 ft. elevation to stabilize flood protection along the 40-Arpent line. The project will also widen the internal drainage canal to increase drainage storage capacity in the area.