USACE Awards USD 2.58 Million Contract for East River Maintenance Dredging (USA)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has awarded a $2.58 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill., to perform maintenance dredging of the South Brother Island Channel in the East River. Crews will remove approximately from 216,000 cubic yards of material from the bottom of the channel so that it will remain safe for commercial passage. The East River Channel is a deep draft commercial channel and sees 26 million tons of through traffic annually with more than 60,000 vessel trips.
The South Brother Island Channel goes from Queens to the Bronx between Rikers Island and South Brother Island. It is about 1.3 miles long, has a project depth of 35 feet and is 400 feet wide, widening at its northern end where it meets the main East River channel and widening at a turning basin at the southern end of the channel.
“The Corps of Engineers is excited to move forward with this important East River dredging project,” said New York District Commander Col. John R. Boulé. “The Corps is proud to be able to maintain the sections of the East River, which sees millions of tons of commerce each year and is vital to the region’s economy.”
Work is slated to begin in May and be completed by the end of the spring.
Dredging was last completed in the channel 2007, with approximately 140,000 cubic yards of material dredged. Material dredged from the channel will be beneficially reused, being placed at the Historic Area Remediation Site.
Source: usace, April 20, 2011;