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Rio Grande de Arecibo PR (C)

March 2019

Rio Grande de Arecibo PR (C)
Construction (C)
Congressional District: Puerto Rico



This project was authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, Section 101(a)(26). The drainage basin covers 272 square miles characterized by steep mountains and the associated high velocity runoff. Extensive floods occurred in May and October 1985, January 1992, and again in September 1996 with Hurricane Hortense. When Hurricane Georges hit the island in 1998, the municipality of Arecibo experienced the 100 year flood event, resulting in significant damages to commercial and residential properties and the loss of the Victor Rojas Bridge. In the aftermath of Hurricane Georges, the President’s Long-Term Recovery Task Force identified the construction of the Arecibo flood control project a top priority. The recommended plan combines a floodwall and two miles of levee along the Arecibo River; channel improvements, a plug, and channel diversion on the Santiago River; and a short levee on the Tanamá River.



Estimated Total Cost $113,600,000
Estimated Federal Cost $72,600,000

a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation thru FY18 $31,156,000
Allocation for FY19 $0
Presidents Budget FY20 $0

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

Current Working Estimate $82,900,000
Allocation thru FY18 $1,800,000
Allocation for FY19 $3,000,000


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



Contract 1, the Arecibo and Tanamá Levees and the Rio Santiago Diversion Channel, was turned over to the Non-Federal Sponsor for continued operation and maintenance on 10 January 2012. 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 St. Louis District. The following contract will be executed using BBA 2018 funds:

1. Contract 2 & Contract 3 - Scheduled for November 2021.