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District holds virtual preconstruction conference for West Basin Scour repairs

Memphis District Public Affairs Office
Published June 24, 2020
West Basin Scour Repair Project, Phase 3 map.

IN THE PHOTO, is a map showing the three scour repair sites.

Learning to love virtual meetings and conferences in the age of COVID-19 is a challenge that takes adaptability, professionalism, and a keen focus on the task at hand. That’s what the Caruthersville Area Office team learned on June 19 as they worked through a few technical issues to successfully host the West Basin Scour Repair project virtual preconstruction conference with contractor SYTE Corporation.


Despite the occasional virtual meeting technical issue and COVID-19 working conditions, Memphis District team members continue to successfully execute the largest program in the District’s history. 


A part of this program is the West Basin Scour Repair Project, Phase 3 which will repair three scour site locations along the right descending bank of the West Basin Levee, Headwater Diversion Channel in Bollinger County, Mo.  The contractor, SYTE Corporation, will stabilize the scour locations with rip-rap in order to restore the channel to pre-flood conditions. This is Phase 3 of 5 planned scour repair projects designed to protect the West Basin Levee.


The purpose of the project’s pre-construction conference was to achieve a clear and mutual understanding; between the contractor, Federal Government, and project partners; of all contract requirements and to identify and resolve potential problems prior to project work proceeding.


Civil Engineer Chris Burroughs said this was the first virtual conference he setup and it’s pretty certain it won’t be his last. Congratulations to Burroughs and the rest of the Caruthersville Area Office team on a successful project preconstruction conference.