April 17, 2018
East Jefferson Levee Lifts Completed by the Flood Protection Authority – East
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Now Armoring
The Flood Protection Authority – East has completed its work lifting the East Jefferson Levee along the lakefront. They have turned the project over to the US Army Corps of Engineers for armoring (placing geo-textile material over the dirt in order to keep it in place).
According to Derek Boese, the Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Engineering for the Flood Protection Authority – East, “the Corps is aware of the public’s desire for levee access and are working to keep ramps open for foot traffic unless there is work near a ramp or they begin to have issues with the public damaging the adjacent levee. People walking on the grass before it is properly established will only delay the levee from being fully reopened to the public.”
The status of the specific reaches (or sections) of the levee include:
Reach 1 – West Return Wall in Kenner to Duncan Canal – The Corps’ contractor has the geo-textile fabric and sod in place throughout the entire reach. Silt fencing will remain up until the contractor has established grass on the flood side of the levee but there is a chance the silt fencing will be removed before the projected completion date of 1 November.
-Ramp at west end of Reach 1 is complete and open to the public.
Reaches 2 and 3 – Duncan Canal to Lake Villa Pump Station (west side) – The contractor is working west to east and has the fabric installed through Erlanger Drive. There is a chance the contractor will remove the silt fencing before their projected completion date of 25 January 2019.
-Erlanger Drive ramp – Open late April
-West side of Elmwood Pump Station – Currently open but will close in April for paving
-East side of Elmwood Pump Station – Currently open to foot traffic
-Clearview ramp – Currently open to foot traffic
Reaches 4 and 5 – East side of Lake Villa Pump Station to the US Coast Guard Ramp – The contractor is working west to east and has fabric installed through Severn Avenue. There is a chance the contractor will remove the silt fencing before their projected completion date of 21 February 2019.
-Lake Villa Ramp – Open to foot traffic next week
-Severn Ave – Open to foot traffic next week
-Causeway Blvd. – Contractor performing ramp work
-Ridgelake Drive – Currently open to foot traffic
-Bonnabel Canal – Currently open to foot traffic
-Homestead Ave. – Currently open to foot traffic