U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to host meeting on the Inner Harbor Navigational (IHNC) Canal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Study.  Residents of St. Bernard Parish are invited to attend the meeting which is located in the Council Chambers at 8201 West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.                                          

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District released its Mississippi River, Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, Louisiana, New Industrial Canal Lock and Connecting Channels Project Draft Integrated General Reevaluation Report (GRR) and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for public comment.

This construction project is scheduled to last 13 years and will significantly impact traffic patterns during and after construction.  The relocation of the lock and the size of the lock will require both the St. Claude and Claiborne bridges to be open simultaneously.

Based on the current analysis presented in the draft integrated GRR/SEIS, Plan 3 is the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP). This plan includes replacement of the existing lock with a new lock having usable dimensions of 900 feet long by 110 feet wide by 22 feet deep to be constructed between the banks of the IHNC, north of the Claiborne Avenue Bridge and south of the Florida Avenue Bridge.

Public comments will be taken at the meetings, but the Army Corps has extended its written comment deadline and will accept written comments through March 1. Comments on the draft integrated report should be directed to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
New Orleans District
c/o Mark Lahare
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Comments may also be sent to mark.h.lahare@usace.army.mil.