The USACE Jacksonville District hosted at a groundbreaking ceremony in western Miami-Dade County yesterday to celebrate the first contract for the Central Everglades Planning Project.
The project is designed to improve flows south to Everglades National Park.
The Corps awarded the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) South Contract 1 on September 25 for $40.5 million to Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. from Omaha, Nebraska.
Also, the contract calls for the construction of culverts and a gap in the L-67A levee and backfilling an agricultural ditch just north of Tamiami Trail.
“This ground breaking ceremony for the Central Everglades Planning Project signifies the hard work and interagency collaboration that was necessary to award this first contract,” said Ryan Fisher, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
“Ecosystem restoration is one of the top missions of the Civil Works program, and improving the distribution and flow of water to southern Florida is a priority for our office and this administration, with the assistance of the Water Subcabinet.”
“This groundbreaking is a testament to the Trump Administrations commitment of Everglades restoration,” added Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary of Water and Science Dr. Tim Petty.
“The foundation of that restoration is water – water infrastructure, movement, quality and timing today’s success is due to the collaboration of federal, state, tribal and local partners
Finally, work on this project is expected to be complete by end of 2024.