Washington, D.C.– Army for Civil Works Assistant Secretary R.D. James has directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) Civil Works to establish a public-private partnership (P3) pilot program. The goal of the pilot program is to demonstrate the viability of new delivery methods that can significantly reduce the cost and time of project delivery. The program is part of the Revolutionize USACE Civil Works initiative which is transforming how USACE delivers infrastructure for the nation through authorized Civil Works projects and permitting of infrastructure projects.
USACE Civil Works is to identify up to 10 P3 pilot projects based on specific screening and selection criteria. The pilots will inform future program policy and direction. Information must be submitted on or before April 2, to be eligible for consideration. USACE has scheduled two webinars to answer questions about the pilot program. The webinars are Feb. 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. and Feb. 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Louisiana– The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s proposed $783 million coastal annual plan includes 23 levee and coastal restoration projects to be under construction in Southeastern Louisiana during fiscal year 2020 and another 20 projects to undergo engineering and design work. These projects are part of the state’s $50 billion, 50-year coastal Master Plan. Some of the projects include the following:
– Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, $18 million from the 2010 BP disaster and oil spill-related fine revenue. This project in Plaquemines Parish will eventually cost $800 million, with construction expected to begin in 2023.
– Rosethorne and Jean Lafitte Tidal Basin levees, $4 million in fiscal year 2020, with another $7 million to be spent in fiscal year 2021. The project will build about 8,000 feet of levees in the Jean Lafitte area that will be about 8 feet above sea level, high enough to reduce existing flooding threats from high tides.
– Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection, $38.4 million. Includes money the state might need to spend as part of its share of land costs or mitigation costs for the New Orleans area levee system, the Southeast Louisiana flood protection projects in New Orleans and Jefferson parishes; and for the state’s land costs for federally-built levee improvements in Plaquemines Parish.
– Queen Bess Island Restoration, $10 million. The state expects to receive the money from the BP oil spill natural resource damage program.
– Grand Isle Beach Stabilization, $10.4 million. To be paid for with offshore oil money.
– Golden Triangle Marsh Creation, $21.4 million. State officials expect this project to be funded with natural resource damage restoration money from the BP oil spill.
– Terrebonne Basin barrier island and beach nourishment, $104.7 million. State officials expect this project to be funded with natural resource damage restoration money from the BP oil spill.