Construction bids for an $11 million drainage project in Petit Caillou were received Tuesday, setting the project toward construction.

Terrebonne Parish President Gordy Dove made the announcement at tonight's Parish Council meeting. The lowest bid will likely be presented to the council at the next round of committee meetings in two weeks.

The project is to construct a conveyance channel and pump station to move the water into Lake Boudreaux.

Dove said the project will allow the parish to pump down water levels in Little Caillou, allowing crews to clean ditches along La. 56 and Bayouside Drive for the first time in decades.

“I’m very happy to see this,” Dove said.

The project has been quickly brought to construction within two years of beginning designs, Councilman Dirk Guidry said.

Without this project and others in the area, “there would be a mass exodus” of residents, Guidry said.

“We can sustain life down there. It’s incredible,” he said.

Dove also announced the installation of repaired lilly rakes at the 1-1B pump station is complete. The parish fought for months to have the manufacturer repair the rakes that were delivered damaged and unusable several years ago.

The rakes, which originally cost the parish over $900,000, sat in the grass next to the pump station for years while parish crews had to manually clean the pumps of any debris.

The parish successfully got the manufacturer to repair and install the rakes at no cost to the parish, Dove said.

A third major project is expected to get underway soon. The Parish Council voted to introduce an ordinance that will allow the parish to partner with the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District to build a new pump station in the Dularge and Falgout Canal area.

Dove said the new pump will replace an existing one but will be built to pump water outside of the levee system.

According to the proposed agreement, the levee district would provide up to $500,000 for the project.

Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.