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New York & New Jersey harbor deepening completed

Staff Writer |
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced the completion of the Port’s Main Navigation Channel Deepening Program.

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The $2.1 billion project, cost shared between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was initiated prior to the announced improvements to the Panama Canal, and will maintain the Port of New York and New Jersey’s position as a premiere port on the East Coast.

From 1989 to 2016, 38 miles of federal navigation channels in the New York Harbor have been deepened to a navigable depth.

The Port of New York and New Jersey is the gateway to one of the most concentrated and affluent consumer markets in the world. It is the largest port on the East Coast, and the third-largest in the nation.

The mega project provides a safe and economically efficient pathway for the newest generation of container ships calling in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

"We, the Army Corps, are so proud of this accomplishment. We worked closely with the Port Authority, DOT, other Administration partners, and state and local partners to get this "We Can't Wait" infrastructure project done, said, Hon. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. "Together we are looking to the future, to keep our Nation competitive."

"This harbor deepening may be the most important and influential project related to modern day economics in the Northeast. Modern-day container ships may now enter the port fully loaded and safely," said Col. David Caldwell, the Army Corps’ New York District Commander.

"The harbor deepening was accomplished safely even while the port remained opened throughout all phases of construction, whether dredging or blasting. This $2.1 billion project was executed in a manner that allowed for over $800 million in savings and all the dredge material was used beneficially to enhance the environment.

"But the true worth of the project is the benefits it will provide for people: locally or nationwide and now or in the future. The work we recognize with this completion is a testament to the dedication and hard work or the New York District, Port Authority and a host of partners and stakeholders."

"Completion of the harbor deepening project is a major milestone in our efforts to meet the needs of the region’s 23 million consumers now and in the future," said Port Authority Port Department Director Molly Campbell.

"It culminates more than 25 years of work and $6 billion in public and private sector investment to ready the port for the new generation of vessels, and will continue to support the 336,000 jobs and billions in economic activity the port generates."

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