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DESCRIPTION (PROJECT AREA AND PURPOSE):

The Port of New York and New Jersey is the premier gateway to the world. It is a conduit of global commerce and a major generator of jobs and economic activity. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest port on the East Coast of North America, the third largest in the nation, and one of the most productive high-volume port operations globally.

In 2015, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey facilitated the movement of approximately 6.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), an increase of over 10 percent from 2014.  Getting goods into the hands of the consumers through an efficient and reliable transportation network is the cornerstone of the port’s competitive edge with global markets. The port has premier access to rail, road, and inland waterway routes to transport goods to 23 million local consumers and up to 100 million customers within 36 hours at markets all over the U.S. and Canada.

The Port of New York and New Jersey’s six container terminals receive vessels from all of the world’s major ocean carriers serving nearly every region of the world.  Of the services that call on the Port of New York and New Jersey, 74 percent are first calls. Prior to the initiation of the Harbor Deepening Program, channels to the Harbor were inadequate to provide access to the large post-Panamax ships, which have drafts of 48 feet or more.

PROJECT AUTHORIZATION: Section 101(a)(2), Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-541)

The project area is the main navigation channels in the Port of New York and New Jersey that support the container terminals. The non-federal sponsor is The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The authorized project, which began construction in 2004, provided 50-foot water access to the container terminals by deepening Ambrose Channel from deep water in the Atlantic Ocean to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the Anchorage Channel from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to its confluence with the Port Jersey Channel, the Kill Van Kull Channel, the main Newark Bay Channel to Port  Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth and South Elizabeth tributary channels, the Arthur Kill Channel adjacent to the New York Container Terminal, and the Port Jersey Channel.

The project also facilitated the beneficial use of all 52 million cubic yards of dredged material from the channel deepening project.  

The dredged materials included silts, sands, glacial deposits such as till and clay, as well as six different types of bedrock.  Some of the beneficial uses included creating fishing reefs from blasted rock, restoring marshes, capping the ocean Historic Area Remediation Site (HARS) off of New Jersey, and capping/remediating existing impacted landfills and brownfields in the region.

The project involved 20 dredging contracts and construction of four marsh restoration projects.  Two marsh restoration projects at Woodbridge, NJ and Elders Point East, Jamaica Bay, NY (40 acres of wetlands) were constructed in 2006-2007 as mitigation for the channel deepening.

In 2009 through 2012, the project was modified to include the restoration of two additional Jamaica Bay marsh islands at Elders West and Yellow Bar Hassock through the beneficial reuse of dredged material.  339,235 cubic yards of sand was beneficially used for the restoration of Lincoln Park, NJ. In 2010, with additional funds provided to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by The Port Authority of NY & NJ. Two dredging contracts involved the removal of accumulated shoals and debris, partially due to Hurricane Sandy in previously deepened channel areas inside the Narrows, to facilitate the transition of the project from construction to operation and maintenance.

STATUS:

The project included 21 dredging contracts and construction of four marsh restoration projects. Two marsh restoration projects at Woodbridge, NJ and Elders Point East, Jamaica Bay, NY (‘06-‘07, 40 acres of wetlands) were constructed as mitigation for the channel deepening.

In 2009 through 2012, the project was modified to include the restoration of two additional Jamaica Bay marsh islands (Elders West and Yellow Bar Hassock) through the beneficial reuse of dredged material. In 2010 with 100 percent non-federal sponsor funding, 339,235 cubic yards of sand was beneficially used for the restoration of Lincoln Park, New Jersey.

Two of the last 3 contracts involved the removal of accumulated shoals and debris partially due to Hurricane Sandy in previously deepened channel areas inside the Narrows to facilitate transition of the project from construction to operation.

The final contract for the 50 ft. channels involved the removal of material in 5 separate utility corridors and other shoals in the Anchorage and Port Jersey Channels, and sequenced with the completion of the abandonment of 2 New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) water supply siphons within the Anchorage Channel as a new line was relocated deeper under the channel. This relocation by The Port Authority of NY & NJ and the New York City Economic Development Corporation was severely impacted and delayed by Hurricane Sandy such that the utility corridor deepening contract was rescheduled.

PROGRAM COST

Original Total Estimated Program Cost Estimate: $2.965B

Actual Total Program Cost (2016): $2.1B (Cost savings of $800M*)

Benefit to Cost Ratio: 6.8

*Cost savings achieved by combining authorities to allow for efficient acquisition strategies and execution.

CONTACT:

Mr. Bryce Wisemiller, Project Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278-0090, Phone: (917) 790-8307, Fax: (212) 264-2924, E-mail: bryce.w.wisemiller@usace.army.mil

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NY-07, NY-10, NY-11 and NJ-06, NJ-08, NJ-11

Current as of September 2016

 

 


50 Foot Deepening Project New York and New Jersey Harbor U.S. Army Corps of Engineers