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Pearce Creek Documents & Reports

March 25, 2015 - Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District proposes to conduct modifications to the Pearce Creek Dredged Material Containment Area (DMCA) for future dredged material placement operations. Concerns have been raised that past use of the Pearce Creek DMCA has contributed to water quality degradation in domestic wells in neighboring residential communities. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making processes by considering the environmental impacts of proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions. Although the Pearce Creek DMCA is a Federally-owned existing placement site, it has not been used for dredged material placement in 22 years. In coordination with the Maryland Department of the Environment, the USACE has developed a plan to prepare the Pearce Creek DMCA by re-establishing the perimeter emihen dikes, grading, and installing an impermeable barrier that will eliminate the hydrogeologic connection of dredged materials placed within the site and underlying groundwater.

All comments and questions regarding this study should be directed to Mr. Tim Kelly, ATTN: Operations Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3390 or by calling(215) 656- 6878 within 30 days of the date of this notice. Comments may be submitted via email to Richard.G.Pearsall@usace.army.mil

Bridge Information

  • Construction: 1948
  • Overall Length: 3,954 feet
  • Main span length: 540 feet
  • Height: 240 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 135 feet
  • Roadway: Maryland Route 213 
  • Construction: 1931 (rebuilt in 1971)
  • Overall length: 177 feet
  • Main span length: 89 feet
  • Height: 18 feet
  • Boat Clearance: 12 feet
  • Roadway: Route 9
  • Construction: 1968
  • Overall length: 8,432 feet
  • Main span length: 600 feet
  • Height: 190 feet 
  • Ship Clearance: 134 feet
  • Roadway: Two lanes of Delaware Route 9
  • Construction: 1995
  • Overall length: 4,650 feet
  • Main Span length: 750 feet
  • Height: 335 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 138 feet
  • Roadway: Route 1
  • Construction: 1941 (modified in 2010)
  • Overall length: 4,209 feet
  • Main span length: 540 feet
  • Height: 240 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 133 feet
  • Roadway: Delaware Route 13
  • Construction: 1959
  • Overall length: 2,058 feet
  • Main Span Length: 600 feet
  • Height: 196 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 135 feet
  • Roadway: Routes 301, 71, 896

Canal Overview

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, often called the C&D Canal, connects the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay and Port of Baltimore. The waterway, a channel 35 feet deep and 450 feet wide, extends from Reedy Point on the Delaware River about 41 miles below Philadelphia. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal as well as the five high span bridges that cross it: Reedy Point, SR 1, Summit, St. Georges and Chesapeake City bridges. The C&D canal carries 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore.