NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $41.6 million levee enlargement contract for the west bank of Plaquemines Parish to create protection from a so-called 50-year storm. It will be built to protect against storm surge created by a hurricane with a 2-percent chance of occurring each year.

In its announcement of the contract award to Nevada-based Target Construction on Monday, the corps stated that the Plaquemines project will be the fourth of 17 New Orleans to Venice non-federal levee projects.

The Times-Picayune reports ( ) the 30-month contract with Target Construction includes raising 8.2 miles of earthen levee between Oakville and La Reussite to an elevation between 7.5 and 9 feet.

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2015.


Information from: The Times-Picayune,