Omaha Engineer District Awards $37 Million Levee Repair Contract
The U.S. Omaha Engineer District announced February 15 that it has awarded a $37.4 million construction contract to Weston Solutions of Chester, Pa. The contract “keeps the team on track for closing the final breach on the L-550 levee system before March 1,” the district said.
This contract is the second 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, in turn restoring the flood risk management benefits provided by the levee system. The contract also utilizes a portion of the recently established $1 billion in contract capacity the Omaha District put in place following the March 2019 flooding.
“The team has been working around the clock to repair the L-550 levee system. Having this contract in place will allow the team to continue these efforts moving forward, as we understand how important these Missouri River levee systems are to the local communities and the nation as a whole,” said Rachel Shrader, the project manager for the L-550 Levee Repair Project.
Missouri River Levee System L-536 is the next levee system in line to have a final repair contract in place, with the contracting process already underway.
There are more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, and tributaries that experienced significant flood damage since March 2019. Due to the magnitude of damage along these levees, repair of the levee system efforts will take an extended period of time to complete, the district said.