JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2011) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced the award of two contracts to replace four water control structures on Herbert Hoover Dike near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida.
The Corps awarded a $47-million contract Sept. 28 to Odebrecht Construction of Coral Gables, Fla., which calls for replacement of Culverts 1 and 1A in Glades County. On Sept. 29, the Corps awarded a $42-million contract to Harry Pepper & Associates of Jacksonville, Fla., which calls for replacement of Culverts 11 in Martin County and Culvert 16 in Palm Beach County. All four water control structures provide irrigation and drainage to adjacent landowners.
This project is the latest undertaken by the Corps of Engineers as part of major rehabilitation efforts at Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD). The goal of the rehabilitation is to reduce risk to nearby citizens through a system-wide approach that includes the replacement of these water control structures within the HHD project. The 143-mile earthen dike surrounds Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the nation.
“We’re committed to reducing the risks to the surrounding communities of Herbert Hoover Dike,” said Project Manager Tim Willadsen. “Replacing these water control structures will help meet this goal.”
Work is expected to begin around early November, and is expected to be complete in the next three years.
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