The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $178,798.11 to Quaternary Resource Investigations LLC for routine soil sampling and laboratory testing at the Alexander Island Dredge Material Placement Area adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel.
The contractor will provide labor and equipment to obtain subsurface soil samples and perform laboratory testing on selected samples.
“This geotechnical services contract allows us to analyze the soils’ physical characteristics and engineering properties, data that will be used by engineers to design improvements to the existing placement area,” said Andrew Weber, a geotechnical engineer in the USACE Galveston District’s Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Section. “Improvements typically involve increasing the height of the perimeter containment dike to create additional capacity for the placement area to hold dredged material from future dredging of the Houston Ship Channel.”
According to Weber, this work directly supports the district’s mission of maintaining navigable waterways and benefits the nation by providing consistent and uninterrupted access for marine commerce to the Port of Houston.
Work is scheduled to begin this month with an estimated completion date of March 2014.
Press Release, November 1, 2013