Link-Belts assist Louisiana flood protection project
By Hannah Sundermeyer09 May 2022
Link-Belt Cranes customer, and long-term contractor for flood control projects in Louisiana, B&K Construction, was awarded a $45.5 million contract for storm channel improvements to the Algiers Sub-Basin Plan.
The project is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans and has an estimated completion date of fall 2025. A Link-Belt 130-ton 228 HSL and 80-ton 138 HSL drive the sheeting and piling to build the revamped flood protection network for B&K Construction.
B&K Construction must first excavate the area to be able to install 70-foot tall, sheeting with the 138 HSL. Sheeting lines both sides of the eventual canal walls before reinforcement with whalers and 18-inch steel and 49-foot tubular struts. Both cranes sit on timber mats at street level.
Approximately 4,100 feet of an original 25-foot-wide earthen channel will be replaced with a 40-foot wide concrete lined canal. The new canal will also be 5 feet deeper, enhancing drainage by more than 200 percent. The 228 HSL drives 66 feet long, 14-inch square prestressed concrete piling to establish a foundation for the new canal. The canal floor will be 3 feet thick, multi-layer concrete. Each side of the canal will be 5 feet 9 inches high and 18 inches thick.