Yet again, permanent pump stations delayed

Feb 9, 2009 by

Dear New Orleanians,

Just about three weeks ago, at the January 22nd Permanent Pump Stations Industry Day presentation, the Corps told contractors and the public that they would be awarding the design-build contract for the lakefront permanent pump stations in the first quarter of 2010. One can see it on page 26 of the slides shown at that presentation:

https://acquisition.army.mil/asfi/upload/W912P809R0013/ACESlidePresentation22JAN09.pdf

It was also on a list of future contracts, issued less than two weeks ago on January 30th (see bottom of page 6):

http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/hps/Jan30_2009ContractingReport.pdf

Now, on a contracts page that is updated more frequently than the PDF version above, the date of contract issuance has been quietly moved back yet another quarter, to the second quarter of 2010. Scroll down to the very bottom of the main Corps hurricane protection contracts page to see the date for contract PCCP-01:

http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/hps/hps_contract_info.aspx

Or click here for a direct link to the permanent pump station contract page:

http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/hps/contractdetails.aspx?ParentRID=98

Both pages – revised on February 5, 2009 – have the second quarter of 2010 as the contract issuance date.

This is how the Corps subtly moves the goalposts without making a stir. And before long, projects are pushed back so far it seems like they will never be built. Will they ever explain this latest delay? I doubt it.

Matt McBride