Hurricane Katrina: Restoring the Gulf Coast Six Years Later

Six years ago, the US Gulf Coast experienced one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters in the nation’s history – Hurricane Katrina. The September 2011 issue of Construction Headline News focuses on the residents of two of the hardest hit areas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and the continuous struggle to rebuild their towns and lives. The US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, other government entities, and private financiers are all lending a hand to restore the storm-ravaged areas. Read on to discover how construction progresses in restoring infrastructure and fortifying it against future disasters.

Also in this month’s issue, over $10 million in lawsuits stemming from a $31-million tunnel project in Ontario, Canada are nearing an end, while a fine arts center in Texas is just beginning its multi-million dollar litigation with its contractor. The construction dispute between the City of Fremont and Trucco Construction has moved toward a trial as both sides begin taking depositions in a battle over a $30 million reservoir project. In the “Construction Costs” section of this issue, the Bay Bridge in San Francisco is finally taking shape, more than 20 years and $6.3 billion after the Loma Prieta earthquake, and is set to be complete by 2013.

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