The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District awarded Graylee Construction and Demolition from Ward, Arkansas, a contract to rehabilitate and repair the New Madrid City Front Boat Ramp located on the Mississippi River at approximately River Mile 889.
The city of New Madrid, Missouri, and St. John's Levee and Drainage District are partners on this vital project.
The $959,000 awarded for project work comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed in early 2022. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which invests $17 billion in port infrastructure and waterways, is meant to strengthen U.S. supply chains and support competitiveness by removing bottlenecks, expediting commerce, and reducing the environmental impact on neighboring communities.
"This project is significant because it will allow the Corps to rehabilitate and repair a critical "on-ramp" to the Mississippi River – a ramp that is important infrastructure to both the public and government," said Project Manager Zach Cook.
The public ramp is not only used for fishing, hunting, boating, and recreation but is also used by the Corps for launching survey boats in support of the Dredge Hurley and other mission-critical navigation initiatives.
Cook said work is expected to start in the spring or early summer once river stages are sufficiently low and the weather is warm enough to pour concrete. Work should take approximately 60 days to complete.
"Work will consist of repairing damaged portions of the existing concrete slab,” said Cook. “This includes the existing subgrade under the ramp, which has voids between the ground and existing slab. The project will also involve placing new 1 foot-thick cast-in-place and push-in-place concrete slabs over the existing ramp, as well as armoring the riverside and landside of the boat ramp with stone. The armoring will protect the new ramp from future damage caused by waves and towboats that commonly use it for things like crew changes and loading groceries."
Cook also said that while the ramp will be closed to the public during construction, there is another public boat ramp in the county harbor. The alternate ramp is located just downstream of the project site.