The 2023 CPRA Master Plan details over $30 billion in Louisiana restoration projects over the next several decades. The plan's primary objectives include the reduction of storm surge-based flood risk, providing habitats to support an array of commercial and recreational activities, and supporting infrastructure critical to the working coast over the next five decades. RIGID Constructors' portfolio of projects is well-aligned with the plan and its overarching goal to create a sustainable coast.
In recent years, RIGID Constructors protected 300,000 linear feet of shoreline, equivalent to 56.8 miles. Job sites included the Natural Resources Conservation Service Barataria Basin Land, Rockefeller National Wildlife Refuge, and the Biloxi Marsh. RIGID Constructors' work on the latter of the two projects involved marine breakwater operations in which the team demonstrated an innovative approach to installing 13 miles of living shoreline breakwater.
The RIGID Constructors team utilized special application wads and jax placed on top of fabrics and installed products by barges using material handling equipment. This "living shoreline" solution is a more environmentally friendly approach to shoreline protection than traditional methods. RIGID Constructors expects the pipeline to continue for similar shoreline and coast projects named in the CPRA Master Plan and across the Gulf Coast.