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Update | May 25, 2021 

Last night the Corps of Engineers announced another series of contract awards for the White Bayou Rock Chute and Channel Segment 4 excavation. The rock chute is where the bayou will enter the diversion canal. Channel Segment 4 is approximately the stretch between McHugh Road and Plank Road (LA 67). The contractor has already mobilized crews for the Channel Segment 4 excavation. The same contractor will mobilize crews for the White Bayou Rock Chute.

Please note our most recent update below, which appears to show a week’s schedule slippage. The Corps and State are resolving remaining utility relocations, which impacts the contractor’s ability to enter and work on White Bayou. Rather than wait, the contractor had adapted by using their access via Channel Segment 4 to gain access to White Bayou. 

Notes from the last update:

Channel Segment 4 – approximately between McHugh Rd. and LA 67

  • Old Updates:
    • Contract came in higher that Corps budgeted
    • Negotiating 10 March with contractor
    • If all goes well, award at end of March
    • 15 April award
    • Preconstruction mtg scheduled
    • Estimate mobilization for construction mid-May 2021
  • New Updates:
    • Ch seg 4
    • 22 April award
    • Slight delay in award because there were questions on contractor details
    • Preconstruction meeting held last week (week of May 3)
    • Contact under review
    • Contractor mobilizing this week (week of May 10)
    • Contract value ~$45 mm range
    • Base contact is $26 mm with option is additional $15 mm (option is another extension; when relocations wrap up they will exercise the option)
    • Contract duration + option duration estimated to be approximately 360 days


For previous updates, please see below.

More on Comite

March 30, 2021 In The News

CENTRAL La. (BRPROUD) – As work on the Comite River Diversion project continues, Central residents are vocalizing their frustration with the timeline.

The time is ticking as Army Corps of Engineers crews work to complete the Comite River Diversion.

Construction of the 12 mile-long channel started in 2020 and the Assistant Deputy Engineer, Nick Sims said, just because you don’t see the work does not mean it is not happening.

March 30, 2021 In The News

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers held a community meeting Monday, March 29, to give updates and answer questions about the project.

After years of countless roadblocks, the long-awaited Comite River Diversion Canal project is starting to pick up speed.

March 30, 2021 In The News

BATON ROUGE- Residents in Central expressed lots of frustration with the Comite Diversion Canal's continuous delays. 

"I'm tired of hearing about 30 people who don't want to give up their property, what about the 10's of thousands that lost their homes because of this, you have another event like this you better move out of the state," said one resident. 

The state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a town hall meeting to give an update on the construction timeline and hear from residents. 

July 2, 2020 In The News

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has officially entered into a Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) contract with the company the state agency has selected to build three new bridges in East Baton Rouge Parish as part of the Comite River Diversion Canal project.

DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, Ph. D, signed the CMAR contract Monday, June 29.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced May 26 that DOTD had selected Boh Brothers Construction Co. as its contractor to build the new bridges.

August 10, 2019 In The News

Since the Comite Diversion Canal has been 40 years coming, a last-minute snarl from Kansas City Southern Railway is frustrating the public. The newest dispute involves maintenance of a new and higher railroad bridge over the canal.

The railroad is quarreling with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over how much the government will pay to maintain the structure.

Given that this project has been so long in development, and that area citizens have been paying into a fund for it through property taxes for decades, such a delay is not understandable.

April 17, 2019 In The News

After decades on the back burner, the Comite River Diversion Canal finally began construction Wednesday morning.

Planned after the devastating flood of 1983, the channel would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River during an emergency.

July 18, 2018 In The News

BATON ROUGE – Completion on the relocation of power lines and property acquisition will top the work order list for the construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal, officials from the project task force said in a meeting Tuesday.

The meeting at the State Capitol marked the first since an announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers committed $343 million for completion of the long-awaited project.

July 6, 2018 In The News


Louisiana has secured the federal funds necessary to complete the long-delayed Comite River Diversion Canal, U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says.

Nearly $1.4 billion in funding from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been awarded to Louisiana for flood and hurricane protection projects, Graves’ office announced this afternoon.

The money is coming from five different federal funding streams, Graves says, and will be used for the following projects:

July 6, 2018 In The News


BATON ROUGE -- One of the largest flood protection investments in Louisiana history includes full funding for completion of the long-awaited Comite River Diversion Canal.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $343 million – 100 percent federal funding – to finish the flood protection project which has been on the drawing board since 1985.

July 5, 2018 Press Release

More than $600 million for Comite & EBR Flood Projects;
Up to $2.0 billion available for Capital Region flood protection;
$760 million for West Shore Hurricane Protection