USACE Galveston District awards $1.2 million task order for Matagorda Ship Channel, entrance channel, rapid response dredging for unanticipated shoaling

Published Dec. 14, 2016

GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 14, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a task order for the Multiple Award Task Order Contract Rapid Response contract in the amount of $1,190,520 to Manson Construction Co., for the dredging of the Matagorda Ship Channel, entrance channel, in Matagorda County, Texas.

The contractor is required to remove approximately 186,000 cubic yards of dredged material from the Matagorda Ship Channel, entrance channel, beginning this month with an estimated completion date of January 2017.

“The rapid response maintenance dredging is required to address unanticipated shoaling within the channel,” said Aron Edwards, an operations manager in the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “All dredged material from this project will be placed in the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site.”

The Matagorda Ship Channel was constructed in the 1960s to allow deep-draft vessels to travel between the Gulf of Mexico and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays. The channel is part of Port of Port Lavaca – Point Comfort, a major sea port in the state and nation, and carries approximately 11.6 million tons of commerce annually.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

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