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 www.saj.usace.army.mil/RioPuertoNuevo and our social media pages – facebook.com/USACEAntilles and twitter.com/JaxStrong.
Release no. 19-075