17th Street levee project work stops entirely

Construction work on a levee project that is aimed to stop potential floodwaters from reaching the National Mall has stopped entirely for the time being, the Washington Post reports.

No work of any significance on the $4.1-million 17th Street levee has been done "for months," according to the Post. Work on the structure didn't start until January 2011, a month after it was originally supposed to begin.

The project was scheduled to be done by the summer of 2011. A contractor assigned to the project has subsequently been fired, the Post says.

A manager of the program, Anthony Vidal, told the Post that schedule changes, foundation problems and contractor issues have continued to hamper the project.