The USACE, Galveston District, has awarded a $6.1 million contract to Mike Hooks Inc., for maintenance dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) navigation channel from the Galveston Causeway to Bastrop Bayou in Galveston in Galveston County, Texas.
The contractor is required to remove approximately 1,035,000 cubic yards (CY) of maintenance material from this 25-mile reach of the GIWW using a pipeline dredge.
“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.”
As part of the contract, approximately 130,000 CY of maintenance material will be used beneficially to create 70 acres of marsh within the Pierce Marsh area and 12,000 linear feet of earthen berms will be constructed to contain the material.
Work is scheduled to begin this month with an estimated completion date of May 2016.