Empire Floodgate Dredging Scheduled
The contractor on the Empire Floodgate Kiewit and Pittman will be dredging for construction purposes associated with the floodgate this upcoming Saturday, January 24, 2015 and Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Doullut Canal.
There will be dredging of the channel between the existing gate and the new gate during this construction period.
The waterway will be open to boat traffic at this time, however, boaters should expect delays. The contractor along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have implemented a temporary bypass channel in Empire during the construction of the new floodgate. This project is a part of the New Orleans to Venice (NOV), Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS).
Boat traffic will be using the temporary channel in the Doullut Canal for the duration of the floodgate construction, which will last until fall 2017. The temporary channel will be marked with temporary buoys.