Corps Awards Contract for Blackwater River Scheme

Construction of the Blackwater River flood risk management project in Salisbury, Massachusetts, will be completed under the terms of a $4.4 million contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.

Work will be accomplished by Palmer Federal Constructors, Inc. of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The scheme is scheduled to start in early 2016 and take about 12 months to complete.

“This project includes construction of a flood risk management project around a residential neighborhood located adjacent to the Blackwater River tidal estuary in Salisbury,” said Project Manager Byron Rupp, of the Corps’ New England District, Engineering and Planning Division.

“The project site consists of an existing residential development of about 20 acres that includes approximately 135 homes located on 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, Humphrey Avenue, Lewis Avenue, Florence Avenue and Carter Street. Roadways within the project footprint are flooded as often as 1-2 times per month, and flooding affecting low-lying homes is commonplace.”

The project consists primarily of a 3,000-linear-foot sheet pile flood wall that will surround the project site and be built to elevation 7.7 feet NAVD88.

All required easements have been obtained by the non-Federal sponsor prior to start of construction.

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