The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. a $25,376,872 firm fixed-price contract to dredge the main channel of the Delaware River last Friday.
The project includes using either a pipeline cutter suction or hopper dredge to deepen the lower portion of the Delaware River between Ben Franklin Bridge to Walt Whitman Bridge (~2.5 miles) and using the 700,o00 cubic yards of produced dredge material at Broadkill Beach as a storm risk mitigation method.
Estimated completion date has been set at March 31, 2015.
This is the 6th of 7 contracts awarded as part of a larger USD $334 million dredging project that extends over 100 miles of the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey, to the mouth of the Delaware Bay.
The project cost is shared 35 percent by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority as the non-federal sponsor, and 65 percent by the federal government through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.