Corps awards dredging contract for Rio Puerto Nuevo Flood Control Project in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Published Oct. 3, 2019
Rio Puerto Nuevo channel connecting to San Juan Harbor

Aerial view of Puerto Nuevo Channel in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District awarded a contract Sept. 27 to Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co., LLC for the Rio Puerto Nuevo Flood Control Project in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The $8.75 million maintenance dredging contract is funded by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which provides funding and authority for USACE to address impacts caused by natural disasters.

Cashman Dredging, of Quincy, Massachusetts, will be responsible for dredging 240,000 cubic yards of material from the Puerto Nuevo Channel. The material will be deposited in a designated Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site located approximately 2.5 miles north of the entrance to San Juan Harbor. Work is expected to begin at the beginning of 2020.

Dredging the Puerto Nuevo Channel will allows us to get rid of the sediment that accumulated as a result of Hurricane Maria,” said Project Manager Jose D. Bilbao. “This will in turn provide flood risk reduction to the surrounding communities as the river will have a larger hydraulic capacity.”

The Rio Puerto Nuevo project was authorized for construction by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986. The project sponsor is the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.

Detailed project information can be found on the Rio Puerto Nuevo webpage at and our social media pages – and


Catalina Carrasco

Release no. 19-075