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Corps of Engineers announces Mile Point groundbreaking

Published July 7, 2015
Col. Alan Dodd, commander of Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks to a large audience at Helen Cooper Floyd Park during a Mile Point project groundbreaking ceremony. Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida Department of Transportation  Secretary Jim Boxold, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, JaxPort officials and many other dignitaries attended the ceremony July 7.

Col. Alan Dodd, commander of Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks to a large audience at Helen Cooper Floyd Park during a Mile Point project groundbreaking ceremony. Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, JaxPort officials and many other dignitaries attended the ceremony July 7.

Corps of Engineers announces Mile Point ground breaking

 

Jacksonville, Fla. – More than 70 local, state and federal officials kicked off construction at Helen Cooper Floyd Park in Jacksonville today, July 7, 2015, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mile Point navigation project. The project will help improve navigation on the St. Johns River, increasing commerce efficiencies. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke about the need to make JaxPort more competitive for current and future shipping, which includes larger ships and transportation hubs. 

“It’s more jobs and it’s going to make JaxPort one of the more premier ports in the United States,” he said.  JaxPort is a primary economic engine for northeast Florida, he said, and Florida ports are his top investment priority. 

“Years of hard work led us to the Mile Point project – and to a larger project, which is to make critical navigation improvements to the federal channel and Jacksonville Harbor,” said Col. Alan Dodd, commander of Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He said that by moving out quickly, the project will be completed in the fall of 2016, and the harbor deepening project has the potential to immediately follow on its heels. 

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, "With the Panama Canal expansion 90 percent complete, this project will greatly strengthen the port’s ability to successfully compete for more post-Panamax ships in the future.”

Located near Mayport, the Mile Point area has dangerous crosscurrents at the convergence of the St. Johns River with the Intracoastal Waterway.  These currents are a hazard that slow traffic and prevent large ships from navigating the river.  The Mile Point project is correcting that.  The project combines relocation and reconfiguration of an existing stone (training) wall, restoration of Great Marsh Island – increasing marsh habitat by up to 34 acres more than the project mitigation requirement, and creation of a flow improvement channel in Chicopit Bay. 

The project is funded in partnership with JaxPort, the local sponsor, and the state of Florida.  The construction cost was advanced 100 percent under an advanced funds agreement.  

 

 

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