US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Río de la Plata, Puerto Rico (C)

March 2019

FACT SHEET
Río de la Plata, PR
Construction (C)
Congressional Districts: Puerto Rico

 

1. DESCRIPTION

The Río de la Plata basin is located about 11 miles west of San Juan and drains approximately 240 square miles. Heavy rainfall combined with the steep headwater slopes causes frequent flooding in the towns of Dorado, Toa Baja, and Toa Alta. The recommended plan provides 100 year protection upstream of PR Highway 2 and SPF protection downstream. Project features consist of 7.0 miles of channel improvements, 7.6 miles of levees, the replacement of 3 bridges, recreation facilities, and mitigation for the loss of environmental habitats. The Water Resources Development Act of 1990 authorized this project.

 

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $234,100,000
Estimated Federal Cost $167,500,000
 

a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation thru FY18 $61,621,000
 

b. P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental:

Current Working Estimate $500,000,000
Allocation thru FY18 $2,100,000
Allocation for FY19 $8,000,000
 

3. SPONSOR

Puerto Rico Department of Natural
and Environmental Resources
P.O. Box 5887
Puerta de Tierra
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00906-5887

 

4. STATUS

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding was used to design and construct Contract #1A of the authorized project. Construction contract was completed in December 2016. Dorado Bridge Channel Widening & Scour Protection Contract was awarded in September 2017. The project was delayed due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. NTP has been issued and construction began in August 2018. The remaining project segments were funded under the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018 (P.L 115-123). P&S for future supplemental contracts were brokered to Huntington and Philadelphia District. The following contracts will be executed using BBA 2018 funds:

1. Contract 1A - Scheduled for August 2021.

2. PR Highway 2 Bridge Replacement – Scheduled for March 2021.

3. Contract 2 – Scheduled for August 2022.

 

Río de la Plata Puerto Rico Project Map