Drainage work to begin soon along Napoleon Ave.

New Orleans, La.  - Residents who live along Napoleon Avenue will soon seeing construction work designed to ease flooding in the area.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a 38-month contract to provide increased drainage for the Uptown area. The contract includes canal improvements along Napoleon Avenue between Carondelet and Constance Streets.

The project, which is part of the Southeast Louisiana Project (SELA),  is designed to reduce the risk of damages from a 10-year rainfall event. A 10-year event is basically a rain storm that has a 10% probability of occurrence and equates to approximately 9 inches of rain over a 24-hour period for our area.

The 38 million contract was awarded to Boh Bros Construction Co. The contract calls for constructing approximately 3,000 linear feet of a concrete covered box culvert under the neutral ground along Napoleon Avenue from Carondelet Street to Constance Street. The new culvert will parallel an existing box culvert and will tie in to the new culvert under Napoleon Avenue at Carondelet Street and the existing box culvert at Constance Street.

Construction is expected to begin shortly and is expected to last about two years. The Corps says the new drainage work should be completed in the fall of 2016.