August 15 2014
USACE Galveston hired Conti for the nearly $50 million project in response to destruction caused by Hurricanes Dolly and Ike. The team repaired damaged jetty and dike systems at six Gulf Coast sites: Galveston, Freeport and Brazos Island Harbors, Matagorda Ship Channel, Sabine-Neches Waterway and Texas City Dike. The project’s scope included recovery and placement of new stone at each site using excavators and cranes from spud barges up to seven miles offshore
This was complicated work due to the logistical challenges of excavating from a spud barge combined with uncontrollable weather issues. Flooding of the Mississippi interfered with stone shipments, and high coastal winds made placing stone from barges impossible on some days, forcing the team to stay onshore and wait for another opportunity to get on the water.
Despite the challenges, Conti remained productive throughout the project. The team communicated issues with USACE on a regular basis and worked flexible hours to accommodate weather conditions. This solid time management resulted in project completion 18 months ahead of the estimated schedule.
Now a walk down the beach at those sites on any given day will reveal dozens of local fishermen taking advantage of Conti’s repairs. “People in these coastal communities rely on the jetties for their livelihood,” says Conti Project Manager, Jim Reilly, “So to see them benefiting from our finished work the way we intended is a really gratifying feeling.”