USA: Corps to Hold Meeting on Bayonne Dredging

Corps to Hold Meeting on Bayonne Dredging

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are improving the main shipping channels in the Port by deepening them to a depth of 50 feet, allowing more efficient access to the world’s largest oceangoing ships.

The Army Corps will hold a public information session (Monday, April 29, 2013) to advise the public about dredging and blasting to take place in a localized approximately two acre area off of Collins Park, Bayonne, New Jersey along the north side of the Kill Van Kull Federal Navigation Channel.

This work will be performed for the purposes of enhanced navigational safety by easing a bend in the channel. To remove underlying bedrock in the channel, this contract involves precision controlled underwater staggered detonations to fracture the rock in order for it to be dredged.

Blasting in a localized area is expected to begin no earlier than mid-May 2013 for approximately two weeks.

Residents of Bayonne, particularly those south of 3rd Street between Humphrey and Ingham Avenues, and those near Richmond Terrace between Port Richmond and Heberton Avenues, Staten Island, New York, are encouraged to attend to learn greater details of this project.

The meeting will be interactive with opportunities to ask questions and obtain information about this project directly representatives from the Army Corps and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company about:

-Purpose and description of overall Harbor Deepening Project.

-Why drilling and blasting is imperative for the safety of ship navigation and how it’s being accomplished.

-Voluntary residential Property Inspection Program.

-Independent noise and vibration compliance monitoring.

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Press Release, April 18, 2013

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