NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $52 million contract for upgrades to flood protection in the Uptown section of the city.
The work involves construction of an underground drainage canal more than 3,000 feet long along Jefferson Avenue from South Claiborne Avenue to Dryades Street.
The contract was awarded to B&K Construction Co. The work is expected to be completed within 50 months.
The Army Corps says the improvements should reduce the risk of flood damage from a storm that dumps 9 inches of rain over a 24-hour period.