Texas (April 1, 2014) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston
District began a $2,455,000 maintenance dredging contract today to relieve
channel draft restrictions in the Brazos Island Harbor (Brownsville Ship
Channel) navigation project.
“Unanticipated shoaling within the federal ship channel prompted
the Brazos Santiago Pilots Association (Brownsville Harbor pilots) to issue a
draft restriction limiting vessels calling the Port of Brownville to a draft of
37.5 feet,” said Chris Frabotta, chief of the USACE Galveston District’s
Navigation Branch. “We are aware that the imposed draft restrictions have
significant economic impact on the port and acted to solicit a dredging contract
to address these navigational safety hazards and relieve the restriction.”
Manson Construction Co., is required to remove approximately 340,000 cubic
yards of shoaled material from the jetty channel reach to relieve the current
Frabotta noted that under this contract scope, the dredged
material will be placed in the shallow waters of the near-shore berm (open
water area close to the beach) to allow the dredged material to move toward the
beach and provide benefit to the shoreline (located in shallow Gulf waters
adjacent to South Padre Island).
“We will continue to work closely with our non-federal sponsor (Port
of Brownsville) to ensure the channel remains open for navigation and with our
other project stakeholders (City of South Padre Island, Texas General Land
Office and Cameron County Parks) to make every attempt possible to place future
channel maintenance material on the adjacent shoreline of South Padre Island,”
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
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Release no. 14-014