- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $76 million contract to Boh Brothers Construction Co. to build a 7,200-foot-long section of an underground drainage canal in New Orleans.

The contract calls for the construction of a concrete covered box culvert under the Louisiana Avenue neutral ground from Constance Street to South Claiborne Avenue. It will tie into existing drainage structures at each end.

NOLA.com ‘ The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1lGh7AB ) the project is part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control project. It’s aimed at reducing the risk of flood damage from a large rainfall event that has a 10 percent chance of occurring in any year. That equates to about 9 inches of rain over 24 hours in the New Orleans area.

Construction will be complete in fall 2017.


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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com