Tampa Harbor FL (O&M)

April 2022


Tampa Harbor FL (O&M)
Operations and Maintenance
Congressional Districts: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16


The total project consists of a channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Port Tampa and Tampa. Project features include the entrance channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Hillsborough Bay. At Hillsborough Bay, the channel splits into two legs, with one continuing west to Port Tampa and the other east to Gadsden Point. The west channel continues to Port Tampa and ends in a turning basin. The west channel to Gadsden Point continues north through Hillsborough Bay towards the upper channels and includes Alafia River and Big Bend. The project depth varies from 45 feet in the entrance channel at the Egmont Bar Channel to 30 feet in the Alafia River. Length of project is about 67 miles including 3.6 miles in the Alafia River. The Port of Tampa has more cargo tonnage than all other Florida ports combined.


a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation for FY22 $13,137,000
President’s Budget FY23 $12,347,280

b. P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental:

Current Working Estimate $5,000,000
Allocation thru FY21 $5,000,000
Allocation for FY22 $0


Tampa Port Authority
Post Office Box 2192
Tampa, Florida 33602-3612


Maintenance dredging of the Tampa Bay Cuts, Gadsden Point Cut, Hillsborough Bay Cuts, Port Sutton and East Bay is ongoing with placement at DMDF 3D. The dredging is scheduled to be completed by June 2021. Jacksonville District is currently preparing for two FY21 contract awards for maintenance dredging of the Alafia River Channel and Turning Basin (small business) and the Upper Channels. FY22 scheduled work includes a contract award for maintenance dredging of the entrance channel including Egmont Cut-1, Cut -2 and Mullet Key Channel.

Tampa Harbor Operations and Maintenance project map