Tampa Harbor, Florida Study

April 2022


Tampa Harbor FL Study
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.


Estimated Total Cost*

Estimated Federal Cost

$ 3,200,000

$ 1,950,000

  1. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation thru FY21

Allocation for FY22

President’s Budget FY23

$ 50,000



  1. P.L. 117-58: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Supplemental:

Total Work Plan

Allocation for FY22

$ 1,900,000

$ 1,900,000


* Estimated Total Cost and Federal Cost include $200,000 for Independent External Peer Review (IEPR), which are 100% Federal Costs


Port Tampa Bay

1101 Channelside Drive

Tampa, Florida 33602


The study had a successful Alternatives Milestone Meeting (AMM) in December 2021 and is working towards a Tentatively Selected Plan in May 2023.  Ongoing efforts include preparation for ship simulation, economic evaluations of future without and with project conditions, commodity, and future fleet forecasting, as well as environmental assessments of current conditions. In addition, a funding exception request (for a total shared study cost of $4.5M), is being prepared by the Jacksonville District to complete the study within 3 years.

Tampa Harbor Operations and Maintenance project map