USACE Galveston District awards $251,997 small business task order for buoy repairs

Published Aug. 22, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 25, 2014) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a task order in the amount $251,997 to J.M. Davidson Inc., (a small business contractor), for buoy repair, replacement and maintenance at the Brazos River Floodgates and the Colorado River Locks.

According to Operations Manager Eric Russek, USACE Galveston District’s Project Operations Branch, this contract will entail repairing broken buoys and replace some missing buoys at the Colorado River Locks and the Brazos River Flood Gates.  The district inspects mooring buoys quarterly as part of its mission of keeping America’s waterways open for safe navigation and routinely schedules maintenance to repair or replace inoperable buoys.

“These mooring buoys allow the towing industry to securely anchor barges when conditions are too harsh to cross the Brazos and Colorado rivers,” said Russek. “Additionally, the buoys allow tows to anchor during heavy fog, inclement weather and while waiting to travel through the locks.”

The repair work is part of the district's routine operations and maintenance and is scheduled to begin in September.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

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Release no. 14-047