GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract modification in the amount of $808,139 to Orion Marine Inc., to conduct maintenance dredging at the channel to Port Mansfield between the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the entrance to the port, a distance of approximately one mile.
The contractor will be required to dredge the channel to -8 feet mean low tide and remove approximately 200,000 cubic yards of material, with work expected to begin on Feb. 13, 2015.
“The channel has shoaled to the extent there is only two feet of water for vessels to utilize,”said Seth Jones, USACE Galveston District operations manager. “This maintenance dredging will allow the port to continue operations and to further their economic development plan to revitalize the port.”
According to Jones, the dredged material will be beneficially used to reduce erosion and help stabilize a nearby bird island.
The project is expected to be completed approximately two weeks after commencement.
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 270 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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Release no. 15-005