USACE updates officials in Puerto Rico on hurricane recovery projects

Published July 20, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District’s Commander and Deputy Commander for the Antilles provided an update for officials regarding $2.5 billion infrastructure projects designed to manage flood risk on the island. 

Over the past several days, Jacksonville District Commander Col. Jason Kirk and Antilles Deputy Maj. Alexander Walker-Rodriguez provided updates on infrastructure projects and studies that will reduce flood risk to officials that included Lieutenant Gov. Luis Rivera-Marin, Natural & Environmental Resources Secretary Tania Vazquez-Ruiz, and Omar Marrero, Executive Director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency.

Kirk and Walker-Rodriguez also toured the Rio Puerto Nuevo site as well as the Guajataca Dam site where FEMA has asked USACE to support the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) with risk reduction measures at the dam.

“Just as our Assistant Secretary of the Army (for Civil Works) Mr. R.D. James said during his visit to Puerto Rico several months ago, the Corps looks forward to 'moving the dirt' to improve the flood protection and resiliency of major river channels across Puerto Rico,” said Kirk.  

These projects include Flood Risk Management Construction:

Rio Puerto Nuevo - $1.55 billion
Rio de La Plata - $500 million
Rio Grande de Loiza – $250 million
Rio Grande de Arecibo – $82.9 million
Rio Guanajibo at Mayaguez – $60 million
Rio Nigua at Salinas – $60 million

Studies or Investigations:

Puerto Rico Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) – $3 million
Rio Guayanilla – $3 million
San Juan Metro Area CSRM – $3 million
Rio Grande de Manati – $1.2 million
Rio Culebrinas – $400,000

More information on the Bipartisan Budget Act is available at:

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Businesses interested in working with the Corps to deliver this infrastructure can find opportunities at  Professionals looking to serve with the Corps team can locate opportunities at  

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Richy Rosado

Release no. 18-054