TX - Corps Names Team on Port Arthur Hurricane Flood Protection Project
An $863 million effort to improve hurricane flood protection and resiliency, including levees and floodwalls, for a 65-square-mile area that includes Port Arthur, Texas, and adjacent communities will move forward under a contract awarded to a joint venture of Freese and Nichols, COWI and CDM Smith (FCC-JV) by the U.S. Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 for some of the work.
The Port Arthur and Vicinity (PAV) project is a part of the Corp’s Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Program. Also known as S2G, this program covers 120 miles of the upper Texas coast, and will improve existing hurricane flood protection in Port Arthur and Freeport.
Specific elements of the S2G project include: increasing the level of performance and resiliency of the existing Port Arthur and Vicinity Hurricane Flood Protection Project (HFPP) in Jefferson County, Texas; construction of a new 26.3-mile levee/floodwall system within Orange County that begins near the intersection of Interstate 10 and the Sabine River and ends southwest of Orangefield, Texas; and increasing the level of performance and resiliency of the existing Freeport and Vicinity HFPP project in Brazoria County, Texas.
“So, essentially you have three separate projects all making up one systematic approach to Coastal Texas resiliency,” says Charles Wheeler II, project manager with the Corps Galveston District.
The project will include raising 27.8 miles of earthen levee and floodwall, replacing 26 closure structures and adding pump station wall protection as well as integrated erosion protection features.