Science, Health and Technology
6:10 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Bid protest halts construction at Birds Point Levee

Restoring the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee to its original height may take a little more time.

A bid protest halted construction at the Southeast Missouri levee.

A&M Engineering and Environmental Services from Tulsa, Oklahoma protested the type of contract the Army Corps of Engineers awarded to rebuild the levee. A&M also challenged the government’s evaluation of their proposal.

Army Corps of Engineers officials will review the bid process to determine the merits of the protest.

Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Jim Pogue says there is no timetable to resume construction.

“Each day that we have a stop work in effect is, you know, a day that puts us behind. So we’re very hopeful that we can get this resolved quickly and get back to work because we want to get the levee fully restored just as quickly as possible,” Pogue said.

Young’s General Contracting from Poplar Bluff, Missouri won the $2.4 million bid to rebuild the upper crevasse to 55 feet.

The protest only delays work at the floodway. It has no impact on Army Corps work in Cairo, Illinois or Fulton County, Kentucky.