Shreveport City Engineer Patrick Furlong talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the city's contract with Burns & McDonnell Engineering, who will now oversee the "consent decree" agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to rebuild Shreveport's sewer system.

Furlong tells KEEL listeners that, though Burns & McDonnell is new to the city sewer revamp, they are not new to this kind of project, and "applauds Mayor Perkins" for making the change.

More info on the new agreement from

"Engineering Contract for Program Management between the city of Shreveport and Burns & Mcdonnell Engineering Company, Inc. (BMEC).

This contract is to be the project manager for the mandated Environmental Protection Agency Consent Decree. For round numbers this decree requires the expenditure of $100 million dollars a year for remedial water and sewer work.

The contract terminates on Dec. 31 of this year, unless extended or renewed by mutual agreement of the parties. The maximum payment, which is based on hourly billings, is $6,443,600." 

Furlong adds that the project is about to begin "phase three of five" and says the $1.1 billion project should be completed by 2026.

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