Omaha Engineer District Awards $58 Million Levee Repair Contract
The Omaha (Neb.) Engineer District announced that it has awarded a $58.3 million construction contract to Aptim Federal Services LLC of Alexandria, Va., on December 23.
This contract is the first final repair contract to be awarded for the Missouri River Left Bank Levee Systems, which will allow the Corps to begin repairing the levee system to its congressionally authorized level following extensive damage suffered in the 2019 flooding. The repairs will restore the flood risk management benefits provided by the levee system.
The contract also uses a portion of the newly added $1 billion in contract capacity the Omaha District put in place following the March 2019 flooding. Missouri River Levee System L-550 is the next levee system in line to have a final repair contract in place, with the contracting process already underway.
Also on Missouri River Levee System L-575, a sixth breach in Northwest Missouri was closed December 22, providing an initial level of flood risk management to the area behind this downstream portion of the levee.
The previously mentioned final repair contract will close the final remaining outlet breach on the L-575 levee system.
“We continue to make progress toward our goal of having the Missouri River L-575 Levee System closed by spring. Closing another breach and awarding the final repair contract are two significant steps toward accomplishing this goal,” said Colleen Horihan, Corps project manager for the L-575 project.
More than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers and tributaries experienced significant flood damage since March 2019. The magnitude of damage along these levees means that their repair will take an extended period of time.
For regular updates on the repair efforts to flood control structures in the Missouri River Basin, visit the Omaha District’s System Restoration web page at www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Omaha-District-System-Restoration-Team/.