US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Delaware River, Philadelphia to Trenton

Published Dec. 10, 2012
Delaware River, Philadelphia to Trenton Project Index Map

Delaware River, Philadelphia to Trenton Project Index Map

The Fairless Hills Turning Basin, pictured above, is part of the the Philadelphia to Trenton Maintenance Dredging project, which provides a safe channel for maritime navigation.

The Fairless Hills Turning Basin, pictured above, is part of the the Philadelphia to Trenton Maintenance Dredging project, which provides a safe channel for maritime navigation.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-3, NJ-4, PA-1, PA-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

DESCRIPTION: Adopted in 1930 (R&H Com Doc 3, 71st Cong., 1st Session) and modified in 1935 (R&H Com Doc 11, 73rd Cong., 1st Session and R&H Com Doc 66, 74th Cong., 1st Session), 1937 (R&H Com Doc 90, 74th Cong., 2nd Session), 1946 (HD 679, 79th Cong., 2nd Session), and 1954 (HD 358, 83rd Cong., 2nd Session). The project provides for a channel 40-feet deep and 400-feet wide from Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia, PA to the upper end of Newbold Island, thence to various depths from 25 feet to 12 feet upstream to the Penn Central Railroad Bridge at Trenton, NJ. 

STATUS: Funds are used to perform periodic channel examinations and maintenance dredging of the channel. 

PROJECT GOALS:  The purpose of this project is to provide a 40-foot channel from Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia, PA to the upper end of Newbold Island, New Jersey including turning basins, and bank protection in the Delaware River.

COMMENTS: The failure of the State of New Jersey to properly maintain the disposal areas previously utilized by the Army Corps along the lower reach of the 40-foot channel has been a longstanding operational issue.  Serious shoals continue to grow within the reaches of the channel earmarked for disposal in New Jersey. Many of the shipping terminal operators and the Delaware River Pilots have expressed strong concerns over the deteriorating conditions of the channel. The unavailability of sufficient disposal capacity is jeopardizing the Army Corps’ ability to maintain a safe and economical channel. 

PROJECT MANAGER: Dan Kelly