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FACT SHEET-Raritan River to Arthur Kill Cut–Off Channel, New Jersey

Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance and Stewardship

Published Feb. 1, 2018

DESCRIPTION:  The project provides for a channel 20 ft. deep, 800 ft. wide, to connect the Raritan River Channel with the southern end of the Arthur Kill Channel, New York and New Jersey Channels project. The length is about 1 mile.  

AUTHORIZATION:  The Federal navigation project for Raritan River to Arthur Kill Cut-Off Channel, New Jersey was adopted in 1935.  

COMMERCE:  This asset supports deep-draft commercial navigation to the Port of New York and New Jersey.  In 2016, approximately 538 thousand short tons of freight traffic was transported through this waterway including tankers drafting over 20 feet.  Most of the commodities using this channel are stone and gravel.  

STATUS:  Project is in caretaker status.  Last maintenance dredging cycle was completed in FY14 with the removal of approximately 329,000 CY of material with placement as Remediation Material capping at the Atlantic Ocean’s Historic Area Remediation Site (HARS).



Edward Wrocenski, Project Manager,



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District    

26 Federal Plaza            

New York, NY 10278         


District Area:   NJ # 13  



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