Boost for Everglades Restoration Plan

USACE Jacksonville District recently awarded four contracts for the Everglades ecosystem restoration valued at more than $81 million.

The construction projects include the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands, Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) South, and Picayune Strand Restoration Projects.

Moreover, all of these are components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

The Corps awarded the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands L-31 E Flow-way Contract 5A on September 25 for $8.1m to Harry Pepper & Associates.

This Phase 1 Project contract calls for the construction of the S-705 Pump Station and a drainage culvert. However, work on this project is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.

USACE awarded the CEPP South Contract 1 on September 25 for $40.5m to Kiewit Infrastructure South Co.

The contract calls for the construction of culverts and a gap in the L-67A levee. Similarly, work on this project is expected to be complete by end of 2024.

The Corps also awarded the Picayune Strand Restoration Project Southwest Protection Feature Levee Contract for $24.3m to Quality Enterprises USA.

Equally important, Douglas N. Higgins Inc. has won the $8m Picayune Strand Restoration Project Conveyance Features Contract.

Photo: USACE

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