I was up by the lakefront yesterday (at the University of New Orleans) and passed this project -- they are building a new pumping system for the London Avenue Canal -- the Corp is also building a gate structure for the canal -- a temporary one until the new one is completed in 2010. It will provide vastly more more hurricane protection that before. The canal also get new designed levee walls.
What struck me was all the heavy lifting power. There were a couple more cranes just outside this picture. When you have that much heavy muscle around, you know somebody wants to get something done, fast.
This picture is one the Corps of Engineers put out back in November, giving an aerial view of the work.