JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced today that it will begin dredging of the Kings Bay Entrance Channel as early as this weekend. A contract was awarded this week to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC for approximately $6.2 million.
During this phase of work, approximately 50,000 cubic yards of beach quality sand will be placed at Fort Clinch State Park. The remaining 500,000 cubic yards of non-beach compatible sand will be transported offshore to an approved Offshore Dredge Material Disposal Site. The work is scheduled to last for 30 days.
This dredging project allows maintenance of the entrance channel, and returns the project to its authorized dimensions. This work is critical to commercial cargo transiting the port, but also to the Kings Bay Naval Base, which shares the entrance channel with the port.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE, Jacksonville District, dredging, Kings Bay entrance channel, Fort Clinch State Park, offshore dredge material disposal site, Kings Bay Naval Base
Release no. 12-015