CORPS OF ENGINEERS APPROVES DEEPENING NEW YORK CHANNEL
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's $1.8-billion project to deepen a section of the Kill van Kull to 50 feet.
The Corps and the port authority are already deepening the Kill van Kull from 40 to 45 feet, under eight separate dredging contracts.
The Corps’ new action will allow a four-month extension of one of those contracts to cover deepening a section of the channel around Bergen Point to 50 feet.
The Kill van Kull is a channel between Staten Island, N.Y., and Bayonne, N.J., providing access to Port Newark and the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal. The Bergen Point deepening “will enable the largest, state-of-the-art vessels to readily navigate the Kill van Kull,” said New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey.