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FACT SHEET - New York and New Jersey Harbor Deepening General Reevaluation Study

Navigational Enhancements Excluding Deepening

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published March 5, 2021

DESCRIPTION (PROJECT AREA AND PURPOSE): The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest port on the East Coast and provides over 270,000 jobs and $11.2 billion in personal income to the states of New York and New Jersey. The Port of New York and New Jersey comprises the waterways in the estuary of the New York-Newark metropolitan area with a port district encompassing an area approximately within a 25-mile radius of the Statue of Liberty. The Port is well connected via rail, truck, and inland waterway routes to transport goods to large segments of the northeast and mid-western states. The Port of New York and New Jersey receives container ships from the Far East, Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the Caribbean, Africa and Persian Gulf. With the pending completion of construction of the Harbor Deepening Program in 2016, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey requested via letter dated June 12, 2015 for the Corps to consider initiating of a new general reevaluation study, with the Port Authority as non-federal sponsor, to incorporate changes in the Port’s infrastructure since the Harbor Deepening was first studied in the late 1990’s (e.g., elevation of the Bayonne Bridge, changing containership designs and ships calling and planned to call on the Port in the future, changes in current and planned maritime facilities within the Port, etc.) along with accompanying anchorage areas to ensure that the navigation infrastructure in the Port continues to serve the needs of the region and nation.


STUDY AUTHORIZATION: Section 435, Water Resources Development Act of 1996


STUDY SCOPE: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey identified several possible navigational needs within the Port including additional anchorage areas and easing of bends/turns within the Port.   


STATUS:  A feasibility cost-sharing agreement with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey was negotiated and executed on May 12, 2017.  Federal fund from the Corps’ FY 16 workplan in the amount of $300,000 was provided to the study along with matching non-federal funds from the Port Authority, to scope the study with the development of a project management plan and then to begin the study alternative development and evaluation.  This scoping process for this study was temporarily paused to clarify and refine the study scope to focus upon only anchorage areas in support of the existing 50 ft. navigation project.  .




Estimated Federal Cost: $1,500,000

Estimated Non-Federal Cost: $1,500,000

Total Study Cost: $3,000,000




Mr. Bryce Wisemiller

Project Manager

P: (917) 790-8307

Email: bryce.w.wisemiller@usace.army.mil

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

26 Federal Plaza

New York, NY 10278


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