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Baltimore Harbor Dredging Project to Begin this Month

Posted on January 11, 2016

By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

Crew will begin dredging 2.6 million cubic yards of the Baltimore Harbor this month, a maintenance project that will deepen shipping channels by removing the mud, silt, sand, shells and other materials that have settled on the harbor floor.

The project, part of a $25.6 million maintenance contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded last year to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is designed to ensure safe navigation for commercial and other vessels traversing Baltimore’s shipping lanes. Work will begin in the next few days and end in the spring.

The dredging will return the Fort McHenry Channel to 51 feet deep and 700 feet wide; Seagirt Channel West to 42 feet deep and 500 feet wide; Brewerton Eastern Extension to 36 feet deep and 700 feet wide; and Craighill Entrance to 51 feet deep and 700 feet wide.


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