I snitched this from my friend Tiki Steve. Tik and I also have a facebook page where we have been documenting for years!



I had asked him a few months ago about what was going on in the construction world after I wrote


Are the people south of lake any safer today than they were then?

This is from 2013


1.The levee is expected to fail. I know that sounds bad, and it is. FEMA is apparently planning to update flood assessments this summer and redraw flood maps for Palm Beach and Martin counties. These flood maps are expected to be drawn as if the levee around Lake Okeechobee didn’t exist. In other words, they are not counting on the levees to protect against flooding.

2. The Herbert Hoover Dike is in the highest failure category of the Army Corps risk scale. Current efforts are being directed at reducing the risk category, but as it stands (and even after millions of dollars worth of improvements) the levee protecting the area still carries the highest risk classification (DSAC 1) of any dam in the United States.

3. There is no emergency spillway, nor is one planned to be built. There is no good, controlled way to drain off excess water from the lake should a large amount of rain fall in a short amount of time. Lake Okeechobee fills six times faster than it can be drained, and a foot of rainfall would result in 3 to 4 feet of water rise in the lake. Current levees will start to fail when the lake rises above 18.5 feet above mean sea level (it’s at roughly 14 feet currently), and significant levee problems are almost certain to occur when the lake reaches 20 feet over MSL.

Solicitation No. W912EP-15-R-0013
LOCATION: Multiple Cities, FL (Palm Beach Co.)
ESTIMATED AMOUNT: $25,000,000 to $50,000,000
CONTRACTING METHOD: Competitive Public Bids
BIDS DUE: July 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM (To Owner)
No of Days: 1095
OWNER: US Army Corps of Engineers
701 San Marco Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019
(904)232-3735 FAX# (904)232-2748
Contact: Tedra Nicole Thompson Phone#:(904)232-2016
USE: Federal – Demolition and removal of the existing Herbert Hoover Dike Culvert 10A and the construction of a new outlet work S-271 at the same location of the existing Culvert 10A. The demolition and reconstruction efforts will be performed in the dry requiring the installation of an earthen cofferdam within Lake Okeechobee and a steel sheep pile (SSP) cofferdam on the landside at the L-8 canal in order to dewater the construction site. To maintain flows between Lake Okeechobee and the L-8 canal, a steel sheet pile canal will be constructed to divert flow from the L-8 canal to a three barrel bypass culvert. The bypass culvert will be constructed with 10-foot diameter HDPE pipe and will be operated during the construction of the new outlet works. The bypass culvert will have a sheet pile headwall on the landside and steel pile supported gates on the lakeside. The new outlet works structure will include cast-in-place reinforced concrete headwalls (lakeside and landside), conduit and endwalls. Combination flap/slide gates will be installed in each bay of the lakeside headwall. The outlet works will consist of four (4) barrels that vary in geometry from 10-foot square at the headwalls to 7-foot high by 13.5-foot wide rectangles through the embankment. The reconstructed embankment will feature a cutoff wall, and impervious core, a vertical chimney drain, and a horizontal drain and filter. The reconstructed embankment will match the existing crest elevation of the dike at the site. Riprap will be installed along the lakeside embankment face for erosion protection. A steel sheet pile groin structure will be installed on the lakeside to reduce sedimentation in the entrance canal. A control building will be installed on the landside work platform. Work also includes the demolition and removal of two existing residential structures at the project site and clearing an electrical corridor.
Div1 general requirements
Div2 existing conditions, demolition, engineering control of asbestos containing materials
Div3 concrete, structural cast-in-place concrete forming, concrete accessories, concrete reinforcing, cast-in-place concrete, concrete finishing, concrete curing
Div5 metals, metal fabrications
Div8 openings, stainless-steel doors and frames, door hardware, louvers
Div9 finishes, painting
Div13 special construction
Div25 integrated automation, integrated automation instrumentation and terminal devices for facility equipment
Div26 electrical, facility lightning protection, interior lighting, exterior lighting
Div31 earthwork, erosion controls, steel piles, timber piles
Div32 exterior improvements, asphalt paving, sodding
Div33 storm drainage utilities, concrete culverts
Div35 waterway and marine construction
Div40 instrumentation and control for process systems


NAICS Code: 237990
Liquidated Damages – $5,431.00 Per Calendar Day of Delay & $,1358.00 Per Calendar Day for establishment of landscaping.
Plans: Owner
Certified/Cashiers Check
PERF. BOND:100 %
A Site Visit was held on June 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Please call Ingrid Bon, Canal Point Communtiy Center, 12860 US Hwy 441, Canal Point FL, 561-472-8888 for additional information.
Industry Type: General/Civil Joint Projects
Industry Sub Type: Dams/Reservoir

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Contact: Roger Sevigny
Allied Trailer Sales & Rental FAX# (407)240-1129
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Contact: Elizabeth Barron
Apex Metal Fabrication Inc FAX# (386)328-0338
177 Comfort Rd Palatka, FL 32177 (386)328-2564
Contact: Kevin Walker ,Phone#:(386)328-2564 ,Fax#:(386)328-0338
Arc Surveying & Mapping FAX# (904)384-8388
5202 San Juan Ave Jacksonville, FL 32210-3140 (904)384-8377
Contact: John Sawyer ,Phone#:(904)384-8377
Armcor Com 1001 19th St N Ste 1200 Arlington, VA 22209 (800)873-4161
Contact: John Fedewa ,Phone#:(800)873-4161
Barkley Consulting 3494 Martin Hurst Rd Tallahassee, FL 32312 (850)297-0040
Bayshore Contractors LLC FAX# (616)456-5166
678 Front Ave NW Suite 125 Grand Rapids, MI 49500 (616)456-6600
Contact: Peggy Straub
Bergeron Land Development Inc FAX# (954)680-0666
19612 SW 69th Pl Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332 (954)680-6100
Contact: Dale Wells
Betancourt Construction Inc (BCI) FAX# (954)640-4401
10953 NW 122 St Medley, FL 33178 (954)640-4400
Contact: Mary Gomez ,Phone#:(954)640-4400 ,Fax#:(954)640-4401
C & N Environmental Consulting FAX# (561)744-2887
612 N Orange Ave Ste A11 Jupiter, FL 33458-5020 (561)744-7420
Contact: Cheryl Carpenter ,Phone#:(561)744-7420 ,Fax#:(561)744-2887
Chesapeake Materials, Inc. FAX# (540)658-0158
2951 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Stafford, VA 22554 (540)658-0808
Contact: Randolph Blanton
Herve Cody Contr. FAX# (828)479-3053
PO Box 218 Robbinsville, NC 28771 (828)479-6040
Contact: Aaron Cody ,Phone#:(828)479-6040
Comp Environmental, Inc 651 Danville Drive # 102 Orlando, FL 32825 (407)416-9368
Contech Engineered Solution FAX# (845)297-4783
9025 Centre Point Drive West Chester, OH 45069 (513)645-7108
CZR Inc FAX# (561)747-7576
2151 Alternate A1A Ste 2000 Jupiter, FL 33458 (561)747-7455
Contact: Sam Wiley ,Phone#:(561)747-7455 ,Fax#:(561)747-7576
D & E General Contractors LLC FAX# (850)856-8048
536 Circle Dr Quincy, FL 32351 (850)509-7034
Contact: Eddie Richardson ,Phone#:(850)509-7034
DeWind Dewatering FAX# (616)875-7334
9150 96th Ave Zeeland, MI 49464 (616)875-7580
Dragados USA Inc FAX# (212)746-5150
500 5th Ave New York, NY 10110 (212)779-0900
CR Dunn Inc FAX# (561)585-1233
1202 Pope Lane Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561)585-2155
Contact: Malcolm Rogers ,Phone#:(561)585-2155 ,Fax#:(561)585-1233
Ebsary Foundation Co. Contracting FAX# (305)325-8684
2154 NW North River Drive Miami, FL 33125 (305)325-0530
Contact: Matt Shiring ,Phone#:(305)325-0530 ,Fax#:(305)325-8649
Eco Express LLC FAX# (910)602-1685
418 Hermitage Rd Castle Hayne, NC 28429 (910)602-1682
Contact: Steve Rogers ,Phone#:(910)602-1686 ,Fax#:(910)602-1685
Edens Construction FAX# (561)996-4502
745 NW 2nd St South Bay, FL 33493-1706 (561)996-6822
Contact: Josh Crawford ,Phone#:(561)996-6822 ,Fax#:(561)996-4502
Electro Hydraulic Machinery Co (EHM) FAX# (954)981-4022
2601 SW 31st Ave Pembroke Pines, FL 33009 (954)981-0023
Contact: Mike Hanley ,Phone#:(954)981-0023 ,Fax#:(954)981-4022
Fall Line Materials LLC 778 Riverside Drive STE C Macon, GA 31201 (478)290-8431
Contact: Keith Pittman
Folkman Inc FAX# (920)544-9918
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Contact: Alan Folkman
LB Foster Company (Corp HQ) FAX# (412)928-3512
415 Holiday Dr Pittsburgh, PA 15220 (412)928-3400
Contact: Jack Smellie ,Phone#:(412)928-3506
Frank Reilly 101 NE third Avenue Ste 1500 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (561)400-0072
Contact: Frank Reilly
Garney Companies, Inc. FAX# (816)746-7288
1333 NW Vivion Road Kansas City, MO 64118 (816)746-7236
Geo Solutions Inc FAX# (724)335-7271
1250 5th Ave New Kensington, PA 15068 (724)335-7273
Contact: Wendy Critchfield
GeoSyntec Consultants FAX# (561)995-0925
621 NW 53rd St Ste 650 Boca Raton, FL 33487 (561)995-0900
Contact: Dan Schauer
GFA International FAX# (239)489-3438
5851 County Lakes Dr Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239)489-2443
Griffin Dewatering Corp FAX# (713)675-4820
5306 Clinton Dr Houston, TX 77020 (713)676-8000
Contact: Michael Lippard ,Phone#:(800)431-1510
GSA FAX# (305)375-2185
111 N.W 1st St Miami, FL (305)375-2003
H & R of Belle Glade Inc FAX# (561)992-7403
715 Hatcher Rd Belle Glade, FL 33430 (561)996-4127
Contact: Tommy King ,Phone#:(561)996-4127 ,Fax#:(561)992-7403
Hartman Walsh Industrial Services FAX# (314)863-6964
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Contact: Dennis Cramer
Marvin Heymann 1393 Alligator Dr Alligator Point, FL 32346 (513)706-8098
Contact: Aabon Aaron ,Phone#:(513)706-8098
Hildebrand Group 100 St Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70131 (305)731-3458
Jash USA Inc. FAX# (832)476-8653
5236 Roanoke Dr Weldon Spring, MO 63304 (636)284-8349
Contact: David Niblett
Kiewit Southern Co 3555 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 (770)487-2300
KLJ Engineering 12510 World Plaza Lane, Suite 1 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239)989-2233
Contact: Josh Epting
Layne Christensen Company aka Layne-Texas 5931 Brittmoore Rd Houston, TX 77041 (281)682-8083
Leesburg Concrete Company 1335 Thomas Ave Leesburg, FL 34748-3336 (352)787-4177
Contact: Kirk Rouse
LG2 Environmental Solutions Inc FAX# (904)262-8637
14785 Old St Augustine Rd Ste 4 Jacksonville, FL 32258 (904)824-8632
Contact: Lee Gerald ,Phone#:(904)824-8633 ,Fax#:(904)824-8177
Linita Design FAX# (888)537-5574
1951 Hamburg Tpk Ste 24 Lackawanna, NY 14218 (716)566-7753
Contact: Sean Greenhouse
CJ Mahan Construction Co FAX# (614)875-1175
3400 Southwest Blvd Grove City, OH 43123 (614)875-8200
Contact: Doug McCrae
McKenna Heavy Construction LLC 6331 NW 32nd Street Hollywood, FL 33024 (954)809-9350
Contact: Erik Hutton
McMillen LLC FAX# (208)342-4216
1401 Shoreline Drive, Suite 100 Boise, ID 83702 (208)342-4214
Contact: Mar McMillen
MCO Construction FAX# (305)669-3166
6600 NW 27th Ave Miami, FL 33147-7220 (305)693-4344
Contact: Ann Mc Neill ,Phone#:(305)693-4344 ,Fax#:(305)693-4544
Meever Usa, Inc 225 w 35th St, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001 (718)753-5147
Contact: Piling Steel
Merry Technology 4801 N Harding St Bel Aire, KS 67220-1437 (316)616-4272
Contact: Lambert Loti ,Phone#:(316)807-0567
Michels Corporation FAX# (920)583-3429
817 W Main St Brownsville, WI 53006 (920)583-3132
RH Moore & Associates FAX# (813)985-4533
7834 Depot Ln Tampa, FL 33637 (813)988-0200
Contact: Ryan Brunner
Morgan & Eklund, Inc FAX# (772)388-3165
P.O. Box 701420 Wabasso, FL 32970-1420 (561)338-3165
Munilla Construction Management LLC/MCM FAX# (305)863-7327
6201 SW 70th St Fl 2 Miami, FL 33143 (305)863-7323
Nicholson Construction Co 12 McClane St Cuddy, PA 15031 (412)221-4500
Ongrade Contracting Inc 12409 S.W. Sheri Ave. Unit 101 Lake Suzy, FL 34269 (855)491-7200
Panorama Consulting, Inc 728 Lake Drive Laurel Hill, FL 32567-3169 (334)428-3002
Harry Pepper & Associates FAX# (904)721-5222
9000 Regency Square Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32245 (904)721-3300
Piling Products FAX# (904)529-7757
945 Center St Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904)287-8000
Powers Group, The 65 Soda Bay Rd Lakeport, CA 95453 (707)939-5863
Contact: June Marshall
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4152 Blue Heron Blvd W Ste 228 West Palm Beach, FL 33404 (561)841-0103
Contact: Greg Stelmack
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1148 Stillwell Rd Belle Glade, FL 33430 (561)261-6485
Contact: Renitta Knight
S. J. Hamill Construction Company, Llc 2008 Cherry Hill Ln Charleston, SC 29405 (843)872-8001
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210 Cleveland St Cary, IL 60013 (847)639-8900
Contact: Stanley Worst
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172 Lily Pond Rd Gilford, NH 03249 (603)737-1311
SLS Government Funding Solutions 4487 mineral Mine Road Las Vegas, NV 89129 (702)938-3297
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STS-Earthwork Analysis 2410 NW Cove VW Stuart, FL 34994 (772)485-6481
Thalle Construction Co Inc FAX# (919)245-1516
900 NC Hwy 86 N Hillsborough, NC 27278 (919)245-1490
Contact: Vincent Zannini ,Phone#:(919)245-1490 ,Fax#:(919)245-1516
Thalle Construction Co., Inc. FAX# (919)245-1516
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Contact: Fred Trippensee ,Phone#:(863)382-2101
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Contact: Toni Counts
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Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) is a 143-mile earthen dam that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, the heart of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades system.  The original dike was constructed with gravel, rock, limestone, sand, and shell.  The project reduces impacts from flooding as a result of high lake levels for a large area of south Florida.

Since 2007, the Corps has made a significant investment, over $300 million, in projects designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure of the aging structure. Actions taken include installing a cutoff wall, removing and replacing water control structures (culverts), and conducting a variety of studies and technical reviews to help ensure the safety of south Florida residents. Corps teams work daily on the dike, providing contractor oversight, quality assurance, inspections, and dike operations and maintenance. Much progress is also being made behind the scenes at the District, where a team of engineers, hydrologists, geologists, scientists, contract and real estate specialists, budget analysts, and many others, work to ensure the very best rehabilitation strategies are applied to the dike today and in the future.

Here is a site called Florida Bids. You see whats being bid on in your hood.



Assessing the risk

Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center lists Lake Okeechobee as the No. 2 threat of catastrophic flooding from a natural disaster, behind only New Orleans.

“The current condition of Herbert Hoover Dike poses a grave and imminent danger to the people and the environment of South Florida. In this, we join many other investigators, from grassroots engineers to eminent specialists, who for 20 years have warned that Herbert Hoover Dike needs to be fixed,” reads a South Florida Water Management District report from 2006. “We can add only that it needs to be fixed now, and it needs to be fixed right. We firmly believe that the region’s future depends on it.”

The report goes on to say that making the dike truly safe would likely cost more than the Army Corps of Engineers entire budget for projects across the nation, which was $4.7 billion in 2013. Billions of dollars in Everglades restoration could be lost in one event, which could also damage drinking water aquifers and cause irreversible harm to Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.

It’s not just engineers and nearby residents who are concerned. Lloyd’s of London issued a firm warning to companies that insure homes and property in South Florida.

This is from 1989


page 18 shows you where this is on the PBC/Martin County line

on page 15 they talk about backpumping saying there were no environmental concerns.

I can’t find a photo of the actual place so if any of your guys do send it over here.

This has been going on for way too long. If you people that live below the lake want to be safe I suggest you pay attention.

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