Birds Point Levee
5:49 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Contractor dams Birds Point Levee rebuild with protest

Reporting from KRCU’s Jacob McCleland.

Construction at the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee has come to a halt - a contractor protested the Army Corps of Engineers' bid process.

A&M Engineering and Environmental Services, from Tulsa, Oklahoma challenged the Corps’ decision to award the $2.4 million contract to rebuild the upper crevasse to Young’s General Contracting, from Poplar Bluff.
Corps spokesperson Jim Pogue says the Corps must now go through a thorough review process.

“They protested on the basis that they believe the contracting instrument, the Multiple Award Task Order Contract, was not the right type of contract to be used and they also are protesting on the government’s evaluation of their bid proposal,” Pogue said.

Pogue says they do not yet know when construction will resume.

The delay does not affect other Corps projects in Cairo, Ill. or Fulton County, Ky.

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