As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, has wrapped up final contract awards for fiscal year 2018, saying that the district awarded about 1,360 contracts worth more than $328 million in fiscal year 2018.
“I am very proud of the teamwork that was on display as we concluded the fiscal year, as our professionals delivered these projects. Our stakeholders work incredibly well with us so that these projects, large and small, benefit our region and beyond,” said Col. Doug Guttormsen, commander, Kansas City District.
“Our team worked hard late into 30 September, with the larger team across the district and the Northwestern Division to complete many critical contract actions,” added Gwendolyn Miller, chief of the Contracting Division. “We work to ensure that we award contracts that meet the needs of our stakeholders and assure stewardship of government resources.”
Some highlights from the Civil Works branch this fiscal year are listed below:
- Kansas City Levees (Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan.) protects more the $22 billion in investment, more than 94,000 jobs and 7000 structures. Congress appropriated $453 million for the district to fully fund the remaining design and construction improvements for this system. This will be the biggest Civil Works project this district has designed and built in decades;
- Manhattan Kansas Flood Damage Reduction (Manhattan, Kan.) project was funded to complete Preliminary Engineering and Design efforts in 2018. This project, located along the Big Blue River will improve gatewell structures, raise the levee, and improve stability and underseepage along the levee;
- Swope Park Industrial Area Flood Damage Reduction (Kansas City, Mo.) project was fully funded to completion in 2018. Once constructed this project will provide flood risk reduction to the Swope Park Industrial Area located along E. 75th Terr. in Kansas City, Mo. The Swope Park Industrial Area is a 50-acre site located along the Blue River, which drains a highly urbanized 272 square-mile area. Construction is expected to take a few years with the next contract to be awarded in 2019 and the final contract awarded a few years later in cooperation with a KCMO access bridge;
- St. Joseph Levees System L455 and R471-460 Project (St. Joseph, Mo.); the overall levee system project was fully federally funded in FY 17. During 2018, construction on Brown’s Branch gatewell structure was significantly advanced and a $1.6 million levee improvements contract was awarded for the left bank (Missouri side) of the Missouri River along the L455 levee unit. The Corps of Engineers will award two more construction contracts on the right bank of the Missouri River in 2019;
- Emergency Management; construction contracts were awarded in FY 18 totaling over $2.6 million to repair and restore levees damaged by floods from 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition, more than 100 Kansas City District personnel deployed to Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria, Texas for Hurricane Harvey, North and South Carolina for Hurricane Florence and California for wildfire recovery;
- Lake Project Improvements; In addition to routine maintenance, several major improvement contracts were awarded in FY 18 at Corps of Engineers Lake projects in Kansas and Missouri. Kanopolis, Harry S. Truman, Long Branch, Stockton, and Pomme de Terre;
- Civil Works total dollars committed: 714 contracts for over $61 million.