U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Awards $92M Contract To Expand Corpus Christi Ship Channel

Plans include expanding the channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island.

Port of Corpus Christi.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.

Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC won the contract. The federal government and the Port of Corpus Christi are funding the overall $360 million ship channel project.

Plans include expanding the Corpus Christi Ship Channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island. The depth would increase from 47 feet (14 meters) to 54 feet (16 meters) from the jetties at the entrance to the channel.

The project comes amid replacement of the Harbor Bridge, which opened in 1959 and has a 138-foot (42 meters) clearance, with a larger span.

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