GALVESTON, Texas (January 7, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has awarded a $92,551,470 contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC, to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CCSC) from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island as part of the federally authorized CCSC Improvement Project.
The contract work will occur starting upstream of the Port Aransas Ferry Landing and extending 7.6 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. It will increase the channel depth from -47 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) to -54 feet MLLW from the jetties at the entrance of the ship channel to the Ferry Landing, and will extend the CCSC into the Gulf of Mexico to -56 feet MLLW requiring the removal of approximately 6.6 million cubic yards of material.
“This contract will allow us to improve the existing Corpus Christi Ship Channel, promoting vital economic activities throughout the U.S. that form an important linkage to the global community, while enhancing capabilities for the Port of Corpus Christi,” said Col. Lars Zetterstrom, USACE Galveston District Commander.
“I applaud the Corps’ Project Delivery Team and the Port as the non-Federal Project sponsor for their hard work and diligence to get this critical first contract engineered, designed, and awarded. We are ready to Move Dirt,” said Nicholas Laskowski, USACE Galveston District Project Manager.
Work is scheduled to begin mid-February 2019 with an estimated completion date of mid-February 2020. This is first of several contracts planned to improve the project.
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 channels, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.
The Corps provides quality planning, design and construction services that benefit 28 ports handling more than 500 million tons of commerce annually, keep waterways open for navigation and commerce, and maintain four of the top 10 U.S. leading ports (in millions of short tons) that contribute to regional and national economic development.
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