Bids to be let June 1 for Franklin Canal structure
St. Mary Levee Board commissioners heard updates on flood control projects when they met in regular session Thursday at the parish courthouse in Franklin.
Bids on the $5.7 million Franklin Canal flood control structure will be advertised on June 1 and opened about three to four weeks later with construction set to begin on Aug. 1. Completion is expected by March 2013.
Land acquisition is nearing completion with two tracts under contract and two others being expropriated.
Flood control systems on the Yellow Bayou and Hanson Canals are still in the permitting process and design also is in progress.
Also still in the permitting process are projects on Bayou Chene southeast of Amelia. The final permit is expected to be received soon on the wing wall system that is still in place from the emergency structure erected for protection during last year’s flood situation.
In relation to the temporary project, mitigation efforts are ongoing with the possibility of the purchase of less than an acre of land in Terrebonne Parish. Effects of the project at Avoca Island are being offset with dirt work and the planting of trees.
That work will result in “a net zero impact” at Avoca, said levee district Executive Director Hilary Thibodeaux.
Funding sources for a permanent structure on Bayou Chene are still being explored and current efforts are focused on preparation for upcoming geo-technical surveys.
In other business the board:
—Approved a new personnel policy manual.
—Awarded a low bid to Advanced Quality Construction of Mandeville for levee limestone resurfacing work. The work will be completed with the use of limestone provided by the U.S. Corps of Engineers last year.
—Approved the purchase of a state surplus four-wheel drive truck, not to exceed $10,000.
—Heard that Garret Graves, the governor’s executive assistant for coastal activities and chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority delivered a proclamation this week from Gov. Jindal extolling levee district President Bill Hidalgo’s leadership during last year’s flood fight.