14-050 Corps to repair flood-damaged Nursery Street Bridge drop structure

Published July 8, 2014

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District awarded a contract for emergency flood-damage repairs to the Nursery Street Bridge drop structure, a part of the Milton-Freewater levee system on the Walla Walla River in Milton-Freewater, Ore.

A $619,000 contract was awarded to M.J. Hughes Construction, of Vancouver, Wash., to repair flood-damaged portions of the drop structure, including displaced riprap and eroded concrete at the toe of the spillway. The structure was damaged by high flows in April 2013. Without repair, the drop structure would likely continue to deteriorate and could eventually fail, leading to the loss of the drop structure, eastside bridge, railroad bridge, both fish ladders and possibly other areas of the levee system. Work is anticipated to occur between July 15 and Sept. 30.

On May 21, 2013, the Milton-Freewater Water Control District requested assistance from the Corps to repair the damaged drop structure. Under Public Law 84-99 authority was given the Corps to provide emergency response and disaster assistance; including rehabilitation of flood control works threatened or destroyed by flood. To be eligible levees must be part of the Corps Rehabilitation and Inspection Program (RIP) and be in compliance with inspection criteria. The Nursery Bridge drop structure is eligible under this authority for emergency assistance from the Corps. This project is in response to that request.

For more information, visit the project page on the Corps website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/EnvironmentalCompliance/NurseryBridge.aspx.


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Release no. 14-050