Army Corps awards contract for dredging to improve access to the Port of Albany
NEW YORK – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has awarded a $3.3 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill., to perform maintenance dredging of the Hudson River Federal Navigation Channel to improve access for ships going in and out of the Port of Albany.
Approximately 60,000 cubic yards of material will be removed from the Albany Turning Basin and placed upland at the federally owned Houghtaling Island Placement Site.
Work required to prepare the placement site to accept the dredged material is expected to begin in mid- September. A mechanical dredge is anticipated to be on site in early October to begin actual in-water dredging activities.
The $3.3 million includes $575,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the President’s “Stimulus” package. The stimulus money is specifically designated for work at the Houghtaling Island Placement Site to increase its capacity.
The Port of Albany is located approximately 125 miles north of the New York and New Jersey Harbor up the Hudson River and can accommodate ships with up to a 32’ draft.