The Memphis Engineer District held a groundbreaking ceremony in Caruthersville, Mo., April 3 to celebrate a federally funded project to replace the Caruthersville Mississippi River floodwall. The estimated contract award for this project is $20-25 million dollars. Construction is estimated to start this summer, with completion in winter 2024.
The new floodwall will enhance the safety of more than 135,000 residents, $6.28 billion in property and $7.5 billion in agriculture.
This project will replace about 3,000 linear feet of floodwall. The gravity wall sections will be replaced with inverted T-Wall sections, and the floodwall will also be raised 1 foot in height. In addition, the close structure at Carleton Avenue will be permanently closed, and an over-levee access ramp will be constructed to replace the closure structure.
About $1.5 million in utility relocations were required to provide the construction contractor a workable construction site.