Hopper Dredge MURDEN Ready to Take on the Clearwater Pass

Maintenance dredging of Clearwater Pass in Pinellas County is scheduled to begin May 5 and will take an estimated 35 days to complete, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District.

The project includes dredging within the federal navigation channel at Clearwater Pass to previously authorized depths in the entrance channel, from the bridge to the junction with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and also branching into Clearwater Harbor.

The authorized channel is 10 feet deep by 150 feet wide at the entrance and transitions to 8 feet by 100 feet wide inside the pass.

Approximately 60,000 cubic yards of dredged material will be placed in a nearshore disposal area located north of the inlet. The work will be performed using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ shallow draft hopper dredge, MURDEN, based out of Wilmington, N.C. The cost of the project is $1.2 million and is 100 percent federal.

The channels from Clearwater Pass to the Beach Marina Basin when shoaled create a navigation hazard for boaters. This project will alleviate shoaling and will allow safe passage for boaters transiting the channel.