Protecting the Communities along the Missouri River through Time-Sensitive Levee Rehabilitation

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District/Montana, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri

In 2010, the flooding of the Missouri River took its toll on levees in many locations along the river and reduced the protection the levees could provide to nearby communities. Repairing these levees is time-critical work that must be completed by early March to ensure the levees are ready for the start of the year's flooding season.

In December, WESTON was awarded the contract to repair and reinforce damaged levees in four states. By March 1, our work to protect the citizens and their communities along the river from flooding was completed.

Often working in sub-freezing temperatures, WESTON teams deployed simultaneously to four states to completed the needed levee repairs before the start of the spring flooding season.

A Partnering Approach

WESTON used a partnering approach with the client for design and construction, which maximized flexibility. We also used an interactive, partnering approach with local stakeholders, including the Levee Control Boards. This helped us identify the best local subcontractors for smooth project execution.

A Cost-Reimbursable Contract: Flexibility and Accountability

Working under a cost-reimbursable contract allowed for rapid execution; we did not need to wait for the entire design to be completed for a fixed scope. This type of contract also provided the flexibility needed to redirect resources in response to changing information and conditions.

WESTON's open-book recordkeeping, careful project management, and money-saving approaches gave our client confidence that we took our stewardship of Corps funds seriously.

Time-Critical Response

The WESTON team mobilized, planned, integrated, and executed work at locations in four states simultaneously, with only 4 months to complete the work. We called in personnel from more than a dozen offices and tapped into the local labor market at each site, usually at the recommendation of the local Levee Control Board. Temperatures were frequently below freezing—often below zero—and the teams usually worked 24/7 to get the job done by the deadline. And they did: by early March, the repairs were complete.