Meeting on Matagorda Channel Improvement this week

USACE will present their final engineering design for the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project at a Lavaca Bay Foundation meeting this week.

According to a news release from the Lavaca Bay Foundation, the meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in Calhoun County’s extension office auditorium, 186 Henry Barber Way in Port Lavaca.

The public is invited to attend and provide input.

Callan Marine photo

The Calhoun Port Authority has discussed the project for several years, which will include dredging the port to deepen the waterway by 9 feet, widen the bay channel by 100 feet and the offshore channel by 300 feet.

The expansion will allow the port to accommodate larger ships, including Aframax and Suezmax vessels, which the port is too shallow and narrow to service in its current state.

At this week’s meeting, USACE experts will speak about placement of the dredging material from the project.

Photo: Callan