U.S. foresees multiple contracts for Missouri River flood repairs

OMAHA, Neb., U.S. 4/19/12 (PennWell) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers anticipates tendering for a large volume of contracts to repair damage from 2011 flooding in the Missouri River Basin, including work affecting six major Corps hydroelectric projects.

The Corps' Omaha District said the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2011 allocated about $500 million to the Corps for flood repairs in the Missouri Basin. From May-September 2011, the Missouri and several tributaries in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota experienced record flooding.

The Corps said funding was divided into two appropriations, one for operation and maintenance for repairs to dams and reservoirs, and the other for flood control and coastal emergency for repairs to levees and drainage structures.

The agency said repairs to tributary levees, dams, and reservoirs are necessary, and might include levee construction and resurfacing, interior drainage structures, seepage berms, riverside restoration and scour repair, setbacks, relief wells, spillway and tunnel outlet repairs, foundation drains, gate repairs, bank stabilization, road repairs, and cultural resources protection.

The Corps said affected dams include 185.3-MW Fort Peck in Montana; 132.3-MW Gavins Point in Nebraska; 517.8-MW Garrison in North Dakota; and 320-MW Fort Randall, 494-MW Big Bend, and 786-MW Oahe in South Dakota.

Because of the large volume of contracts necessary, the Corps said some contracts would be advertised by the Corps' Galveston and Walla Walla districts in addition to the Omaha District.

A special notice from the Corps may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W9128FXXXXXXX in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

For information, contact Lisa A. Sirois, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, 1616 Capital Ave., Omaha, NE 69102-4901; (1) 402-995-2072; E-mail: lisa.a.sirois@usace.army.mil.

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