WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday to discuss the reduction of service hours at the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier and the status of the Calcasieu Lock Navigation Improvements feasibility study, according to officials.
The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Managan Center at 1000 McKinley Street in Westlake.
Officials say that Corps representatives will discuss the 2013 proposed operating hours for the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier and provide a status update and explanation of the Calcasieu Lock feasibility study.
Following the presentation, project managers and engineers will be on hand to respond to questions and take comments.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting and to provide comments on the project(s). Written comments and requests for additional information should be addressed to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
c/o Public Affairs Office
Post Office Box 60267
New Orleans, Louisiana 70160-0267
The following background information was provided by Corps officials:
Background information: Standard Levels of Service at USACE Locks
Beginning December 30, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District is reducing service hours at the Schooner Bayou Control Structure, the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier, the Berwick Lock and the Calumet Floodgate.
Reduction in levels of service is a result of a nationwide effort to maximize constrained funding and provide consistent levels of service throughout the Corps' Inland Marine Transportation System consisting of 12,000 miles of inland waterways and 200 locks and dams. The cost savings from these efforts will be applied to dredging functions and maintenance of locks to reduce closures and improve system reliability.
Background information: Calcasieu Lock Feasibility Study