Seabrook Floodgate

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Seabrook Floodgate
Seabrook Floodgate Structure.jpg
Crosses Industrial Canal
Locale New Orleans, Louisiana
Owner US Army Corps of Engineers
Designer Arcadis
Material Concrete, steel
Constructed by Alberici
Construction begin 2010
Construction end June 2012
Coordinates 30°01′54″N 90°02′04″W / 30.03167°N 90.03444°W / 30.03167; -90.03444Coordinates: 30°01′54″N 90°02′04″W / 30.03167°N 90.03444°W / 30.03167; -90.03444

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Seabrook Floodgate Structure is a flood barrier in the Industrial Canal in New Orleans, Louisiana. The floodgate is designed to protect the Industrial Canal and the surrounding areas from a storm surge from Lake Ponchartrain. It consists of two 50 ft wide vertical lift gates and a 95 ft wide sector gate.

The building of the floodgate was authorized by Congress in 2006 and will operate in tandem with the Lake Borgne Surge Reduction Barrier to reduce the risk of storm surge damage to some of the New Orleans region's most vulnerable areas – New Orleans East, metro New Orleans, the Ninth Ward, Gentilly and St. Bernard Parish.[1]

Design[edit]

The Seabrook Floodgate Structure will consist of a sector gate and two vertical lift gates approximately 340 feet (100 m) south of the Senator Ted Hickey Bridge with floodwall tie-ins on the east and west sides.[2] Other components of the Seabrook Floodgate project include building T-wall and replacing the existing Alabama Great Southern Railroad gate with a new taller gate that meet the 100 year level of risk reduction the Corps strives to achieve by 2011; constructing new T-walls that will tie the into a new vehicle gate being built at the boat launch on Leon C. Simon Drive; and raising the Hayne Boulevard ramps on both the east and west sides of the canal.[3] When complete, the Seabrook structure will close the only remaining gap on the East Bank of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System.

Status[edit]

The US Army Corps of Engineers awarded the construction of the project to Alberici Constructors, Inc. in July 2009[4] Construction started in the fall of 2010, and although construction activities will continue beyond the Corps' projected June 1, 2011 deadline, a temporary cofferdam will be built to reduce risk to the area during the construction.

The floodgate structure opened to marine traffic in August 2012.[5] The same month it was closed for the first time to protect the city from Hurricane Isaac.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Seabrook Project Video", NOLA.com, September 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "New Storm-Surge Sector and Lift-Gate Plans To Be Aired", Engineering News-Record Website, January 2, 2009.
  3. ^ "IHNC Fact Sheet", US Army Corps of Engineers Website, September 27, 2010.
  4. ^ Volkmann, Kelsey "Alberici wins $154.2M New Orleans floodgate project", St. Louis Business Journal Website, November 4, 2009.
  5. ^ The Seabrook Floodgate is now open
  6. ^ Corps Closes More Floodgates as Hurricane Isaac Approaches