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Port Deepening Project Begins

A $200 million channel-deepening project at Port Jersey in Bayonne and Jersey City has begun.A $200 million channel-deepening project at Port Jersey in Bayonne and Jersey City has begun, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Kris Kolluri announced today. The project, scheduled for completion in 2009, will increase the channel’s maximum depth from 41 feet to 50 feet, providing an access point for the largest ships using the harbor.

“The Port Jersey deepening project will serve as a regional economic engine by improving the accessibility of the Port Jersey Channel for large ships,” Kolluri said.

In addition, the project will improve safety by realigning the channel, Kolluri said. Port commerce, particularly container traffic, has increased in New York Harbor an average of 7 percent every year for the last 10 years, creating a need for additional space for container ship berthing and container processing in the region, the NJDOT said.

The Port Jersey Channel provides access to Global Marine Terminals, the Northeast Auto Marine Terminal, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal. The deepening project is being funded by NJDOT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

It will require the removal of over 3.6 million cubic yards of sand, silt and glacial till sediments, all of which the NJDOT says will be beneficially used. Almost a million cubic yards will be used to create fish habitat in a defunct navigation channel on the south side of the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor.

Another 750,000 cubic yards of silt will be blended with cement and used to cap landfills and brownfields in New Jersey and New York. Approximately 500,000 cubic yards of clean sand will be used to fill low-lying areas on the Peninsula at Bayonne, preparing them for development. The remaining clean sediments will be used to cap the former ocean disposal site off of Sandy Hook, the NJDOT said.