PortandTerminal.com, February 12, 2020
MOBILE, AL – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has allocated $274 million for the Port of Mobile in its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY’ 2020) Work Plan, officially providing the resources to dredge Alabama’s premier port. It’s a lot of money.
The funding – which accounts for the full federal share of the project cost – will initiate and complete construction of the deepening and widening of the navigation channel. Following the required preliminary steps, construction is expected to begin toward the end of the year.
The construction will include the expansion of the Port of Mobile from its current dimensions – 45 feet deep and 400 feet wide – by deepening the existing Bar, Bay, and River Channels by five feet to a project depth of 50 feet. This will include additional depths for wave allowances, advanced maintenance, and allowable overdepth for dredging. Following construction, the total depths of the Bar, Bay, and River Channels will be 56, 54, and 54 feet respectively. The project also includes widening the Bay Channel by 100 feet for three nautical miles.
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