USACE to hold virtual public meeting for Nome expansion project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District will host a virtual community information meeting Wednesday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, for anyone interested in learning about the Port of Nome Modification Project.

The purpose of this event is to provide a general project status update on the ongoing design phase.

In partnership with the City of Nome, the district has begun designing modifications to the Port of Nome, locally known as Nome Harbor, to alleviate existing vessel restrictions that are imposed by insufficient channel depths and harbor area.

The final construction aims to provide larger vessels improved access to Nome’s existing harbor by dredging the outer basin and creating a new deep-water basin with a depth of minus 40 feet.

According to the Corps, dredging would be required to deepen and maintain both basins and associated navigation channels. Currently, ship transportation is limited by existing depths in the outer basin of minus 22 feet.

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