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Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.

Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it. (Photo by USACE Photo)

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Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.

Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it. (Photo by USACE Photograph)

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Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.

Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it. (Photo by USACE Photograph)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is working to paint and repair the Reedy Point Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is working to paint and repair the Reedy Point Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. (Photo by Tim Boyle)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is repairing and painting the Summit Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is repairing and painting the Summit Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. (Photo by Tim Boyle)

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UPDATED: April 2013

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: Reps. Carney (DE-AL), Harris (MD-1)

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

LOCATION:  The Project connects the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay from Reedy Point, below Delaware City to the upper Chesapeake Bay.

DESCRIPTION:  The project was authorized in 1935 (HD 201, 72nd cong., 1st Session) and modified in 1935 (R&H Com Doc 11, R&H Docs 18 and 24, 73rd Cong., 2nd Session), in 1939 (PL 310, 76th Cong., 1st Session and in 1954 (SD 123, 83rd Cong., 2nd Session).  The waterway, a channel 35 feet deep and 450 feet wide, extends from Reedy Point on the Delaware River about 41 miles below Philadelphia, PA through a land-cut westward to Elk River thence following Elk River and the upper Chesapeake Bay to deep water near Pooles Island, including four high level fixed highway bridges, a vertical lift railroad bridge, a bascule drawbridge, extensions of the entrance jetties at Reedy Point, enlargement of the anchorage and mooring basin in Back Creek, and maintenance of Delaware City Branch channel (8' x 50' x 2 miles) and basin. 

STATUS: Pearce Creek Dredge Material Containment Area, MD:  USGS has completed the internal peer review of the groundwater report.  The report will now go to editorial review and regional confirmation.  NAP is currently working on the design of a slurry wall for that will isolate the disposal area from influencing ground water.  NAP will present the proposed slurry wall to MDE following the completion of the USGS report. 

Summit Bridge Painting and Miscellaneous Steel Repairs:  Marinas Bros has increased the size of the crew working on the bridge and is working more efficiently, however progress is still slow.  The contractor will cease painting operation and the end of October due to cold weather.  It is expected that the contractor will be completed with work in the Spring of 2013.

Reedy Point Bridge Painting and Miscellaneous Steel Repairs: Corcon is continuing to make progress and has completed the northern side of the main span.  The contractor is currently sandblasting the south side of the main span and will complete painting before the end of October.  A modification for painting of the anchor spans of the bridge was awarded in the amount of $3.5M.  The anchor spans will be completed spring of 2013 due to cold weather shut down.  The contractor will continue with steel repairs through the winter months. 

C&D Canal Recreation Trail: DELDOT has awarded a contract for the completion of the first phase of the recreation trail.  NAB has issued a right-of-entry for work to begin on the trail and is working of finalizing the lease of the land to DNREC. NAP and NAB Real Estate met complete lease details for the trail.  NAP is currently waiting to receive a draft of the lease from NAB. 

The Corps and State of Delaware worked together to transfer ownership of the Senator Roth Bridge (SR-1) to the Corps, which occurred in May FY 2012.

 

BUDGET
DATA ($000)

ARRA

Comments

FY 09

$13,710

$17,236

 

FY 10

$26,980

 

 

FY 11

$16,075

 

 

FY 12

$18,282

 

 

FY 13

TBD

 

 

COMMENTS: Final Environmental Impact Statement was completed on 11 October 1974.  Disposal of dredged material will be placed in diked upland or designated overboard disposal areas in accordance with Section 404 (b) of the Clean Water Act

PROJECT MANAGER: Tim Kelly