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Louisiana hires contractor for wetland restoration project

April 9, 2019

POINTE À LA HACHE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say they’ve hired a contractor team to build a proposed $800 million project to divert sediment on the Mississippi River to help restore wetlands.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Monday that a new joint venture company made up of national construction firms with a history of building levees and bridges in Louisiana has been selected by the state coastal authority to oversee construction of the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion in Plaquemines Parish.

State Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority director Bren Haase says in a statement that Louisiana Diversion Company LLC was picked for the project over three joint venture groups considered for the contract.

The sediment diversion will be on the river’s east bank at Will’s Point, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of New Orleans. Officials estimated construction would finish by June 2028.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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