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Metairie company to build new Empire floodgate

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EMPIRE, La. (AP) — The Pentagon says a Metairie company has won a $65.8 million contract to dredge a new bypass channel and build a new floodgate at Empire in Plaquemines Parish.

A list of contracts awarded Wednesday says Kiewit-Pittman JV was among six bidders for the contract with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The company will also be responsible for demolishing the present Bank Back Levee once the new one is ready.

The estimated completion date is July 27, 2017.

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