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

Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance and Stewardship

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Jan. 19, 2023

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 2020, approximately 874,000 short tons of freight traffic was transported through this waterway including tankers drafting over 20 feet.  Most of the commodities using this channel are gasoline and fuel oil.

BACKGROUND:  Project is in E&D phase.  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).

STATUS:  During FY2023, funding will provide for sampling and testing of the shoaled areas of the channel in preparation for out year maintenance dredging (award anticipated 2024).  Funding will also provide for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work including monitoring of the channel shoaling conditions, coordination with the users and stakeholders and production of an annual hydrographic condition survey, and publication of the Controlling Depth Report on the District’s website below, is also scheduled for FY2023.  https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/


Edward Wrocenski
Asset / Project Manager
P:  (917) 790-8636
Email:  edward.wrocenski@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278  

District Area:   NJ # 6