Tampa Harbor FL (O&M)

May 2023


Tampa Harbor, FL
Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
Congressional Districts: 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 32 feet in the Alafia River. The length of the project is about 67 miles including 3.6 miles in the Alafia River. Port Tampa Bay has more cargo tonnage than all other Florida ports combined.


a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation for FY23 $11,637,000
President’s Budget FY24      $12,661,000

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

Allocation thru FY22               $5,000,000
Allocation for FY23 $0

c. P.L. 117-58: Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law:

Allocation thru FY22            $15,000,000
Allocation for FY23 $0

d. P.L. 117-43: Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act:

Allocation for FY23                $5,000,000


Tampa Port Authority
1101 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602-3612


Maintenance dredging of the Alafia River Channel and Turning Basin and the Upper Channels was completed in FY22 with placement at DMDF 3D. Maintenance dredging of the entrance channel began in late 2022 and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2023. FY24 scheduled work includes a contract award for maintenance dredging of the main stem of the channel including Tampa Bay, Gadsden Point, Hillsborough Bay, Port Sutton, and East Bay.

Tampa Harbor Operations and Maintenance project map