USACE, CPRA: $122M for Grand Isle repair project

USACE, in partnership with the Louisiana CPRA, will undertake $122 million in work to address Hurricane Ida-related damage to the Grand Isle Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Project. 
 
“Congress has made a significant commitment to address the damages experienced from back-to-back record hurricane seasons,” said Col. Stephen Murphy, commander of the USACE New Orleans District.  “We are eager to work in partnership with CPRA to deliver this commitment to the people that live and work on Grand Isle.” 
 
“This news could not be more timely for Grand Isle, whose people faced some of Hurricane Ida’s worst impacts,” said CPRA Chairman Chip Kline. “Over $120 million will go toward continuing the recovery process and ensuring improved protection measures are in place ahead of stronger storms and severe weather.”
 
The repairs will begin in August 2022 with a $5 million effort to install interim risk reduction measures by placing supersack sandbags at 12 locations along the dune. This work will be followed by a $22 million contract to install 2,200-foot stone dune core on the western end of the project, repair damages to the existing breakwaters, and repair the western jetty.

This contract is scheduled to be executed in early 2023.
 
Additionally, a $95 million effort will install 21,000 feet of clay-filled geotextile tube along the western portion of the project, address damages to the eastern sand-filled geotube, and undertake overall restoration of the 7-mile dune and beach. 

Photo: CPRA