Port of Houston Authority $68M improvementsPort of Houston Authority $68M improvementshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=39682014-06-11T10:37:00Z2014-06-11T00:00:00Z

HOUSTON - The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) announced the US Army Corps of Engineers has permitted construction of the $68 million PHA’s Bayport and Barbours Cut channel improvement projects and approved the federal assumption of maintenance of the channels when construction is completed.

The improvement projects at the PHA’s two container terminals will deepen the channels from 40 feet to 45 feet, matching the depth of the Houston Ship Channel.

The project will also widen or realign the channels by up to 100 feet to better accommodate an expected increase in the number of larger ships that call.

PHA awarded the construction contract to Orion Construction, and construction is expected to start in June. The work includes modification of berths and increasing capacity of a placement area for future dredged material. It is expected to be complete by second quarter 2015.

Among a series of required reports, the Corps produced an economic analysis that documents the minimum net benefits of the channels to the U.S. economy are $2.9 million per month.

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