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Caño Martín Peña PR (I)

May 2020


Caño Martín Peña​, PR
Investigations (I)
Congressional District: Puerto Rico


This project was authorized by the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2007, Section 5127 (H.R.1495) contingent on the review and approval of the, non-Federal sponsor prepared, feasibility report by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) Civil Works (CW). The Martin Peña Canal is a tidal canal approximately 3.8 miles long connecting San Juan Bay and the San Jose Lagoon in metropolitan San Juan. The drainage area of the canal is about 2,500 acres. In 1988 the first 2.0 miles from San Juan Bay eastward to Munoz Rivera Avenue was dredged to 200 feet wide by 10 feet deep to provide a navigation channel for an intermodal passenger transport service. Vertical king pile walls line both sides of the channel. Urban development has encroached into the remaining unimproved portion of the canal and untreated discharge of local household and industrial wastes have left the canal in very poor condition. The current Caño Martín Peña project, as per the WRDA 2007, Section 5127 authorization, consists of a 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep natural bottom channel with a weir under the Martín Peña, Tren Urbano, and Luis Muñoz Rivera bridges involving a 115 feet and 6.5 feet deep channel with riprap on side slopes and articulated concrete mats at the bottom for water velocity, erosion, and scour control; dredging approximately 638,000 cubic yards of mixed materials along 2.2 miles of the eastern Caño Martín Peña; construction of a vertical concrete-capped steel sheet pile wall with hydraulic connections to the surrounding lands; 19.92 acres of open water and 32.98 acres of wetland.


Estimated Total Cost $255,800,000
Estimated Federal Cost $143,100,000
Allocation thru FY19 $2,503,000
Allocation for FY20 $0
President’s Budget FY21 $0



Corporation of the Martin Pena Canal Project (ENLACE)
P. O. Box 41308 
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00940-0138

Puerto Rico Department of Natural and 
Environmental Resources (DNER)
P.O. Box 366147
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District executed a Design Agreement with the non-Federal sponsor ENLACE in June 2016 to initiate Pre-construction, Engineering, and Design (PED) Phase. Federal funds from the Investigations appropriation were provided in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (Division D of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Public Law 114-113). PED Phase was funded for the design of the first construction contract only, and design for that contract was scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2019. The total PED cost for the first contract was initially estimated to be $3.85M - $2.50M Federal and $1.35M non-Federal.  In early calendar year 2019, the scope of Contract #1 changed to include dredging a portion of the channel such that incremental environmental benefits could be realized upon completion of the first contract, thus increasing the costs of PED for that contract.  The sponsor seeks to provide accelerated funds to allow completion of the PED effort to include the first contract based on this revised scope, so additional Federal Investigation funds would not be needed through the budgeting process. The current PED estimate for the first contract is $7.15M, which includes dredging up to Barbosa Bridge.  The Jacksonville District is underway in the PED phase of the project based on the new scope, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020. The execution of the Accelerated Funds amendment will allow for the completion of the first set of P&S, thus making the project eligible for a Construction New Start in the FY21 Work Plan. 

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