The South Lafourche Levee District listed its priorities for 2016 at its December public meeting in Galliano, with a price tag of nearly $13 million.
“That’s about what we have available to spend,” said District General Manager Windell Curole in outlining the projects which were recommended by the District’s Executive Committee.
The projects are as follows:
-- Larose Floodgate Improvement and Protection—Phase 2: Specifically, this project involves the floodwall below the LA Hwy. 1 Intracoastal Bridge and consists of the removal of existing structures and obstructions, concrete floodwall, levee embankment and other related items. Estimated cost: $850,000.
-- Larose Floodgate Improvement and Protection—Phase 3: This project is a sheet pile floodwall and steel A-frame system on the east side of Bayou Lafourche in Larose. Estimated cost: $1.4 million.
-- Elevation of LA Hwy. 3235 at the levee crossing in Larose: Adjacent levees in the Larose area are as high as 13 feet. The Hwy. 3235 crossing will be lifted to match those elevations. Estimated cost: $605,000.
-- Elevation of LA Hwy. 1 at the levee crossing in Golden Meadow: Levees adjacent to the crossing have been improved to as high as 18 feet. The highway crossing is considerably lower. Estimated cost: $1.5 million.
-- Improvements on sections B-South, B-North and C-South levee sections, Apache Farm to Golden Meadow Park: This project has been ongoing over the past three years and consists of clearing, excavation and shaping of levees in that area and other miscellaneous items. Estimated cost: $5 million.
-- B-South/A-West Levee Elevation: This project involves adding material to the levee between the Golden Meadow Park and the lower end of the flood protection system where elevations need improvement. Estimated cost: $440,000.
-- Pump Station #2 Seepage Wall: Identified earlier in 2015, there is seepage in the levee just south of Pump Station #2 (Basson’s) where materials used to make repairs after Hurricane Juan in 1985 are allowing water to leach through the levee. Estimated cost: $1.4 million.
-- D-South, B-North and C-South Erosion Protection: The Levee District has identified this area as vulnerable to storm surge because of loss of wetlands between the levee and Catfish Lake. A combination of sheet piles and marsh projects will be implemented to protect the levee. Estimated cost: $1.1 million.
Curole said he was not surprised that the District’s share of sales taxes have fallen about $1 million from the previous year but that the bidding process will tell whether more projects can be added to the 2016 list.
“If we have good bids, we might have a little bit of money left over to do one or more other projects,” he said.
Posted on Fri, December 18, 2015
by Buster Avera, Contributing Writer