After a design summit to cut costs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractors have headed off a possible $150-million to $300-million cost overrun on the $1-billion Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex in New Orleans. The closure complex consists of a strategic storm-surge barrier of walls, levees, gates and pumps to protect the southern flank of the city. It includes navigation gates and what will become the largest pump station in the U.S. Photo: USACE Sheet-pile wall and dolphins for large sector gates on the West Bank Closure Complex were already taking shape in early December. Photo:
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