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Galveston Wharves Board Approves Channel Extension Project

[ July 18, 2022   //   ]

A recently funded $16.3 million Galveston Harbor and Channel extension project will generate $1.6 million a year in estimated economic benefits, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District.

The Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees approved the partnership with the USACE Galveston District at its June meeting.

The port is the local partner for the federal project to deepen the final 2,571 feet of the ship channel to 46 feet. To be completed in 2023, the dredging will allow larger ships carrying more cargo to access both port- and privately owned berths. As the project’s non-federal sponsor, the Wharves participated in project planning and will contribute a portion of project costs.

Wharves Board Chairman Harry Maxwell said, “This project, along with $25 million in federal channel maintenance funding, demonstrate Galveston’s critical importance in strengthening supply chains and U.S. competitiveness.”