GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded two contracts for maintenance dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Texas.
- A contract was awarded in the amount of $8,885,450 to Goodloe Marine Inc., for dredging between Freeport Harbor and Matagorda Bay, Texas.
- A second contract was awarded in the amount of $4,483,500 to Mike Hooks Inc., for dredging between High Island to Rollover and Bolivar Flare in Galveston and Chambers counties, Texas.
“The GIWW is an essential component of the nation's navigation network extending for 1,109 miles from Appalachee Bay Florida to Port Isabel Texas,” said Seth Jones, an operations manager with USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “The GIWW is the third ranked inland waterway in the nation handling 126 million short tons of cargo. The 379-mile Texas portion of the GIWW handles more than 73 million short tons of cargo annually valued at $42 billion.”
According to Jones, approximately 75 percent of this cargo is classified as petroleum and petrochemical-related products (2013).
“Maintenance dredging of the GIWW between Freeport Harbor and Matagorda Bay, Texas, will remove approximately 2.75 million cubic yards of material, which will be placed at various placement areas along the waterway,” said Jones. “We’ll also use approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sand beneficially to nourish the Gulf shoreline in the vicinity of Sargent Beach, Texas.”
According to Jones, work is scheduled to begin in October 2015 with an anticipated completion date of April 2016.
“Maintenance dredging of the GIWW between High Island and Rollover Pass, Texas, will remove approximately 1.1 million cubic yards of material, of which approximately 194,000 cubic yards of sand will be used beneficially to nourish the Gulf shoreline in the vicinity of Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas,” said Jones. “Work is scheduled to begin in October 2015, with anticipated completion of February 2016.”
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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