Savan Gut Phase II VI (I)

April 2022


Savan Gut Phase II, VI 
Investigations (I)
Congressional District: U.S. Virgin Islands


The Savan Gut area is located in the capital of Charlotte Amalie, on the south side of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Savan section of Charlotte Amalie, is within the 100-year flood plain, and has recurring flooding problems primarily in the central business district and local elementary school. Located within the flood plain are 91 residential structures and 288 commercial and public structures. The project consists of a covered box culvert through the central business district to St. Thomas Harbor. The authorized project was divided into two phases for preparation of plans and specifications and construction. Phase I consisted of improving and increasing conveyance of existing Savan Gut by providing a covered concrete box culvert 12 to 16 feet wide by 6 to 8 feet deep beneath a paved street (Cutters Gade) and extending from St. Thomas harbor to Back Street for a total length of 844 feet. Construction of Phase I was completed in April 1989. The Phase II study consists of constructing a covered concrete channel 10 to 12 feet wide and generally 5 to 7 feet deep which will extend about 1,600 feet from Back Street to just upstream of Jane E. Tuitt School. A retention area will be provided at the upstream end of the covered channel. Three existing bridges will be replaced with new bridges.


Estimated Total Cost

Estimated Federal Cost

$ 81,845,000

$ 53,710,000

  1. Regular Civil Works Funds (PED):

Allocation thru FY21

Allocation for FY22

President’s Budget FY23

$ 2,000,000



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

Allocation thru FY21 (Feasibility)


$ 384,000


  1. P.L. 117-58: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Supplemental:

Total Work Plan (Construction)

Allocation for FY22

$ 51,710,000

$ 100,000



U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Public Works
8244 Sub Base
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802


Chief’s Report and Environmental Assessment were signed on 24 August 2020. Congress authorized project with a total project cost of $74,114,000 ($48,658,100 Federal) under Section 401 of WRDA 2020.

The project was allocated $2.0M under the FY21 workplan with $100K initially provided to execute the Design Agreement (DA) and Review Plan.

The Review Plan was approved by SAD on 28 September 2021 and the DA was executed by the Jacksonville District on 8 October 2021. $1.9M Federal funds were received following the execution of the DA. The Sponsor intends to use Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds towards their non-Federal contribution and is currently working to provide a verification letter from Treasury that provides authorization for the use of these funds. In the interim, the Sponsor is working to provide readily available non-Federal funds in small increments for the commencement of PED.

A Construction New Start to initiate construction phase was granted and Federal cost share was fully funded under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Bill). A Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) will be executed when PED phase is completed.