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UPDATED: February 2016

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: DE-AL, NJ-1, NJ-2, PA-1, PA-7, PA-13

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

AUTHORITY: The project was authorized for construction by Public Law 102-580, Section 101 (6) of WRDA 1992; modified by Public Law 106-53, Section 308 of WRDA 1999 and further modified by Public Law 106-541, Section 306 of WRDA 2000.

LOCATION: The project area is located within the Delaware Estuary and borders Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  It extends over 100 miles of the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey, to the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

DESCRIPTION: The project includes: deepening the existing Delaware River Federal Navigation Channel from 40 to 45 feet from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey, to the mouth of the Delaware Bay; appropriate bend widening; partial deepening of the Marcus Hook anchorage; and relocation and addition of aids to navigation. Cutter-suction, hopper, and mechanical dredges will be used to remove material from the channel. The dredged material from the Delaware River portion of the project will be placed in Federally-owned confined upland disposal facilities. Dredged material from the Delaware Bay portion of the project will be used for two beneficial use projects.

STATUS: Since FY 99, Congress has appropriated funds for project construction.  The Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) between the Corps and the non-Federal sponsor, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA), was executed on June 23, 2008. In October 2009, the Corps awarded a contract for the regularly scheduled maintenance dredging of the existing Federal channel.  An Option for deepening Reach C (Station 182+000 to Station 242+514) was awarded in February 2010.  Dredging in Reach C commenced in March 2010 and was completed in September 2010. 

The second project construction contract awarded was to deepen the lower portion of Reach B (Station 155+000 to Station 176+000).  Bids for the contract were opened on Jul 21, 2011, and the contract was awarded on Oct 6, 2011 using accelerated non-Federal funds as there were not adequate Federal funds.  Dredging began in Nov 2011 and was completed in Jan 2012.

The third project construction contract awarded was to deepen the upper portion of Reach A (Station 32+755 to Station 82+700).  Bids for the contract were opened on Jul 10, 2012, and the contract was awarded on Jul 31, 2012 using FY 12 funds.  Dredging began in Sep 2012 and was completed in Feb 2013.

The fourth project construction contract awarded was to deepen Reach D (Station 261+000 to Station 317+000).  Contract was awarded on Oct 18, 2012 using FY 13 CRA funds.  Dredging began in Feb 2013 and was completed in Nov 2013.

The fifth project construction contract awarded was to deepen the lower portion of Reach A (Station 72+574 to Station 90+000).  Contract was awarded on Jan 28, 2014. Construction began in Jul 2014 and was complete in Jan 2015.

The sixth project construction contract awarded was to deepen Reach AA (Station 20+300 to Station 32+900).  The contract was awarded on May 30, 2014 using FY14 funds. Construction started in Sept 2014 and was completed in Mar 2015.
The seventh project construction contract is to deepen the lower portion of Reach E (Station 432+200 to Station 512+000) with beneficial use of dredge material at Broadkill Beach. The contract was awarded on Jun 6, 2014 using FY14 funds and later supplemented with FY15 CRA funds of $35M. Dredging began in Apr 2015 is scheduled to be completed in Mar 2015.
The eighth construction contract. FY15 Work Plan funds were used to award the rock removal contract on Sep 30, 2015. Work began in Dec 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in Mar 2017.

The final two contracts are the Upper Reach E and Upper Reach B. The FY16 Work Plan funds will be used to complete the design, P&S & award the contract for Upper Reach E. The contract is scheduled for award in Sep 2016. FY17 budgeted funds will be used to  complete the design, P&S & award the Upper Reach E contract.

Project Goals:  The purpose of this project provides deepening of the existing Delaware River Federal Navigation Channel, bend widening, partial deepening of the Marcus Hook anchorage; and relocation and addition of aids to navigation.

SPONSOR: Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA)

Date of Project Partnership Agreement:  23 June 2008     

Target Completion Date: 2017

Total Estimated Cost: $364.3 M

Federal Funds Appropriated: $231.168 M (including FY 2016 funds of $21.875 M)

Non-Federal Share:  $91.455 M (does not include FY16 match)

PROJECT MANAGER: Scott Evans