Contract awarded for dredging near port

Contract awarded for dredging near port

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2008 9:00 pm

A contract has been awarded to dredge an oxbow of the Mississippi River near Tiptonville as part of the planned construction of a $22 million Cates Landing riverport facility. A Minnesota firm, Great Lakes Dredging Inc., submitted a low bid of $2.7 million to win the contract that calls for dredging to a depth of 11 feet. The contract was awarded recently by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The estimated date for dredging to start has been changed from Aug.1 to Nov. 1, according to Jimmy Williamson of Dyersburg, chairman of the Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority board of directors. “The date has changed due to the amount of floodwater that is forecast to flow past the site,” Williamson said. “The Corps believes the harbor could accumulate silt from the floodwater if the dredging is done too early. “We will still be able to begin construction of the dock facilities in the spring of 2009.” Published in The Messenger 7.7.08

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