|SELA Claiborne Project
|Uptown/Broadmoor Area Drainage Improvement Projects
|In conjunction with the Sewerage and Water Board of New
Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sponsoring three Federally
funded drainage canal improvement projects for the Uptown and
Broadmoor areas. Work now underway at Pumping Station No. One
is also part of this improvement plan.
The purpose of the projects is
to improve the existing drainage system to reduce the chances
of flood damage in these areas. The three-part canal project will
cost approximately $42 million dollars for construction, with
an additional $3 million for design, land acquisition, permitting,
rights-of-way, utility relocation and construction administrative
fees. The work will take approximately four years to complete. The Federal
Government will pay for 75% of the project, with the S&WB contributing
While this work is centered on Napoleon Avenue and South Claiborne
Avenue, future projects which will utilize these improvements
have been identified and are in the process of being evaluated
for additional Federal funding.
|South Claiborne Manifold Canal (Nashville Avenue to Jena
|A 22-foot wide by 10-foot high canal will be built beneath
the S. Claiborne neutral ground from Nashville to Jefferson Avenue and a 24 by 10
canal will be constructed from Jefferson to Jena.
The manifold canal, a new addition to the existing drainage system, will intercept
flow from the Nashville Canal on the river side of S. Claiborne and direct the flow
through the new Napoleon Canal. It will also provide a connection for a future
canal at Jefferson.
This new system will re-route flow which previously went into one canal into
two canals along Napoleon.
The construction contract, awarded to Boh Brothers Construction Co., is $9.5
million. The project will be coordinated through and permitted by the Louisiana
Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). Construction is scheduled to
begin in May, 2000 and be completed by May, 2002.
|South Claiborne Manifold Canal (Jena to Louisiana
|A 24-foot wide by 10-foot high canal from Jena to Napoleon
and a 14 by 10 canal from Napoleon to Louisiana will be constructed beneath the
neutral ground of S. Claiborne. In this phase, the connections of the manifold canal
to the existing and new canals at Napoleon will be made, as well as a connection for
a future canal at Louisiana. The manifold canal, a new addition to the existing
system, will intercept flow from the Gen. Taylor Street Canal on the river side of
S. Claiborne and direct the flow through the new Napoleon Canal. This new system
will re-route flow which previously went into one canal into two canals along
The construction contract for this portion of the project is $13.5 million. The
project will be coordinated through and permitted by LaDODT. Work is scheduled to
begin in May, 2000 and be completed by May, 2002. Johnson Bros. was awarded the
|General Information About Claiborne
|Any street lanes affected by the drainage construction
will be resurfaced at the end of each project. Trees which have been removed and
replanted will be replaced when the projects are completed. All portions of neutral
grounds used as temporary roadways will be completely restored.
Traffic patterns will need to be periodically altered as the work moves in phases
along Claiborne. The Corps and S&WB have worked closely with the City's
Department of Public Works and the Regional Transit Authority to keep inconveniences
to a minimum. Announcements through the media or with letters and flyers will advise
area residents and business owners of any long-term or unusual traffic
Citizens wanting to reach the Sewerage and Water Board for more information or
questions should contact a special information hotline--585-2450.
The meeting tonight is designed to provide information and receive your input on the
Claiborne Manifold Canal work.
The projects described tonight are part of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Control
Program (SELA), in which 75 per cent of the cost of eligible flood control projects
are funded by the U.S. Government, with construction administration by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers. The remaining 25 per cent of cost is funded by the
project's sponsor, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.
With the current work being done at Pumping Station No. One, some $35 million in
funds has already been allocated to the Broad Street projects completed or underway.
An additional $80 million was previously expended for work on canals and pumping
stations which receive water from the Uptown/Broadmoor area and transport it to Lake
Pre-Construction Services, Inc. 466-9146, is the firm handling
pre-construction videotaping and photography.
Additional components of the overal improvements in the are are already underway:
|Drainage Pumping Station No. 1 (S. Broad at Martin Luther
King Jr. Boulevard)
|Construction is underway to upgrade the station and enlarge
the discharge basin on the lake side of the station. Two 1,200 cubic feet per second
(cfs) pumps are being installed which will increase the station's capacity by
538,500 gallons per minute (GPM). When the work is completed in March 2001, the
station will be able to pump 2.6 million gallons per minute. Construction cost is
$15 million. Pittman Construction is doing the work.
|Napoleon Avenue Canals
|Two new 19-foot wide by 13-foot high canals are being
constructed beneath the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground from S. Claiborne Avenue to
The new canals will parallel an existing canal (20 by 12) located beneath the
north-bound lanes. The new canals will have twice the capacity of the existing one.
The existing canal will remain operational during and after construction of the new
ones. The construction contract is $19 million.
Construction is expected to be completed in June, 2002. The contractor is James
Industrial Constructors, LLC.