Army Corps to fund additional $1.8B in projects with new work plan

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Updated Jun 22, 2018
The Port of Savannah. Photo credit: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen MortonThe Port of Savannah. Photo credit: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen Morton

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has posted its FY 2018 Work Plan, which allocates money for construction projects affecting commercial navigation, flood and storm damage, and aquatic ecosystem restoration.

“The Army’s Civil Works FY 2018 Work Plan provides funding to start, continue and complete studies and construction projects that will get dirt moving to better the lives of Americans, their infrastructure, economy and environment,” says Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R. D. James.

The plan includes an additional $1.772 billion provided in Congress’ $1.3 trillion spending package enacted March 23. Of that amount, $956 million will go to navigation projects; $541 million for flood risk management; and $275 million for other projects.

According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), navigation construction projects in the plan include:

  • Construction– Additional funding for ports in Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as $57.58 million for Soo Locks, Michigan.
  • Investigations– Channel improvement feasibility studies for Miami; Tacoma, Washington; and Corpus Christi.
  • Operations and Maintenance– $485.68 million will be distributed for dredging, jetties, dredged material placement facilities and other navigation efforts.

“With the total funding for this fiscal year, the work plan funds to completion 39 feasibility studies, four projects in the preconstruction engineering and design phase, and 13 construction projects or elements of projects,” the Corps of Engineers says.