Port of Houston steps up game to build support for $1 billion expansion project

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Shipping moves through the Houston Ship Channel on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Houston. Photo: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Posted September 16, 2019

Officials with the Port of Houston are stepping up lobbying efforts to build support for a proposed $1 billion project to widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel, the nation’s busiest waterway.

During a Thursday afternoon event sponsored by the Greater Houston Port Bureau, Port of Houston Authority Chairman Ric Campo unveiled a new website to help market the the ambitious expansion project. If expanded, the waterway would be able to accommodate two-way traffic with container ships that are nearly 200 feet wide and 1,300 feet long sharing the route with tankers hauling growing shipments of crude oil, gasoline, diesel and petrochemicals.

Under the proposed plan, the channel would be widened from 530 feet to 700 feet along Galveston Bay to the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown. The channel also would be deepened to a uniform 45 deep all way from Galveston Bay to City Docks, just inside Loop 610.

Source: houstonchronicle.com