The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will host a public meeting for the Turpentine Run project in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The meeting will be held at Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School Auditorium at 9-1-12A Bovoni in St. Thomas, VI 00802, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department Public Works, the project’s non-federal sponsor, will be in attendance.
The purpose of the public meeting is to present and discuss the Turpentine Run project. The purpose of the project, authorized under Section 205 of the Flood Risk Reduction Continuing Authorities Program, is to reduce flood damage to the Nadir development along Turpentine Run.
A previous study conducted by the Corps determined a recommended plan which included the construction of a 460-foot long concrete “U” shape channel, a drop structure and 170-foot long sheet pile wall along the developed side of the channel, a 260-foot levee along the northern edge of Nadir, a 1,300-foot long levee starting south of the new Bovoni Road Bridge and ending at the Nadir racetrack and Interior drainage conveyance from the existing small concrete channel.
USACE received additional funding under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to complete an addendum to the previous study confirming the engineering, environmental and economic aspects of the project.
According to the Corps, this study will benefit from public involvement and encourages participation in the National Environmental Policy Act process.
The deadline for sending comments on the proposed works is April 20, 2019.