JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2011) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has announced the award of two contracts as part of its major rehabilitation project on Herbert Hoover Dike near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida.
The Corps awarded a $5-million contract on Oct 21 to Treviicos South of Charleston, Mass. to complete work on a 3,300-foot section of cutoff wall installation on a portion of the dike near Port Mayaca. That same day, the Corps awarded a $4.7-million contract to Bauer Foundation Corporation of Odessa, Fla. to finish work on a 2,450-foot section of cutoff wall installation near Belle Glade.
The Corps began installing a partially penetrating cutoff wall in the 75-year-old dike in 2008. The wall serves as a barrier to a process known as “piping”, where water can find its way through the dike, slowly eroding away material and weakening the structure. The two- to three-foot-thick wall extends from the top of the dike through the foundation to several feet beyond the limestone bedrock, averaging 50 to 70 feet – or about three stories – below the crest of the dike.
“We continue to implement features on the dike to reduce risks to the adjacent communities,” said Tim Willadsen, Corps of Engineers Project Manager for rehabilitation of Herbert Hoover Dike.
Work is expected to begin in November, and continue through 2012.
Hebert Hoover Dike is a 143-mile, earthen levee that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the nation.
Release no. 11-52