US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Trenton Marine Terminal

Published Dec. 10, 2012

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: NJ-12

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Continuing Authorities / Feasibility

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Streambank and Shoreline Erosion Protection

AUTHORITY: This project is authorized by Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended.  The purpose of Section 14 is to protect public works and non-profit public facilities from streambank and shoreline erosion.  Facilities that are eligible for protection include “known historic properties whose significance has been demonstrated by a determination of eligibility for listing on, or actual listing on, the National Register of Historic Places” (ER 1105-2-100, Appendix F, Section III, F-23, b.)  Federal funding for each Section 14 project is limited to $5,000,000 (as amended by Section 1030 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, P.L. 113-121).

DESCRIPTION: The project consists of proposed bank stabilization and protection along the left bank of the Delaware River to protect a public park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site will be investigated and geotechnical analyses performed to determine the cause and solution for the existing bank instability and propose an engineering solution. An environmental assessment will also be required prior to construction.

The existing pier structure at the Terminal is an open wharf type, also known as a “quay” structure.  It is constructed of wood piles driven below the channel bottom with a top deck that is a reinforced concrete slab and a lower deck constructed of wood sheeting on wood frame members attached to the wood piles.  The area between the two decks contains backfill material and the area below the lower deck is open to water and tidal action. A concrete gravity wall is located on the waterside of the structure between the upper deck and lower deck.  The Corps completed an Initial Appraisal Report (IAR) and determined there is sufficient Federal interest to pursue a project under Section 14.

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project is of a proposed bank stabilization and protection along the left bank of the river to protect a public park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

SPONSOR: City of Trenton 

DATE OF PROJECT AGREEMENT: June 2015       

PROJECT MANAGER: Adrian Leary