Port of Corpus Christi Dredging Project Finds More Money
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set aside another $59 million for the Port of Corpus Christi’s Channel Improvement Project. The dredging, which has been on the port’s wish list since 1990, is finally building up a stockpile that should allow work to continue in 2019. The projected end date is 2021, when the new Harbor Bridge opens and the old Harbor Bridge is taken down.
The $59 million is part of the Corps of Engineers’ 2019 budget. It allocated $23 million toward the project in its 2018 budget. Another $13 million from the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget was appropriated by Congress in September. Adding in the $78 million that the port recently signed over to the Corps of Engineers for the Channel Improvement Project brings the amount now on hand to $173 million. Total estimate for the entire project is $360 million.
“The inclusion of additional Work Plan funds is yet another significant milestone toward the United States becoming a net exporter of its energy production,” said Sean Strawbridge, chief executive officer for the Port of Corpus Christi.