The $55 million contract, announced late Thursday, will allow for the construction of two new bridges — at U.S. 61 and the Kansas City Southern Railroad — as well as the excavation and construction of the canal from U.S. 61 to the Lilly Bayou Control Structure. … [Read more...] about Officials clear major hurdle in Comite canal project; completion date delayed again
Flooding mississippi river
Officials began talking about diverting flood waters from the Comite River after the major flood of 1983. Though local governments put aside money of its part, the federal government rarely put up dollars. After the August 2016 flood damaged tens of thousands of homes and businesses, Congress last year authorized $343 million to build the 12-mile long west to east canal. … [Read more...] about Officials negotiating to mitigate delay of Comite Diversion Canal construction
The Comite diversion canal would allow flood waters in the Comite/Amite river basin to be pumped to the Mississippi River in times of high water. Many residents of East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes argued that far fewer buildings would have been flooded in August 2016 had the Comite River Diversion Canal been complete. … [Read more...] about Our Views: We’ve waited years for the Comite canal to be finished. It’s time to stop stalling.