COLLINSVILLE - The timetable for completion of work needed to bring Metro East levees up to 100-year flood protection has been extended several months into 2015.
Work on the first of several jobs that constitute the overall project began this month, with major construction expected to begin next year. Earlier estimates anticipated completion of all work by the end of 2014.
A new project schedule says construction will be substantially completed in the second quarter of 2015.
As of now, the delay is not expected to greatly affect the estimated $161 million cost, nor keep officials from securing 100- year certifications for the levees by the end of 2015, said Les Sterman, chief supervisor for the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council.
Sterman said it took longer than anticipated to resolve concerns of the Army Corps of Engineers about a key element of the levee design. He said that delayed completion of final plans. He worried that further delays could compromise the district's goal of obtaining certification in 2015.
"It's a little bit of an alarm," Sterman said.
Local officials are anxious to complete the improvements as soon as possible to avoid costly new federal building requirements in the Mississippi River flood plain and mandatory flood insurance …