Port of Corpus Christi, US Army Corps of Engineers to deepen, widen ship channel

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Port of Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast of Texas will be able to ship more products after the completion of a project that deepens and widens the port’s main channel, officials say.

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will widen the ship channel to 530 feet and add new barge shelves and other improvements allowing for two-way vessel and barge traffic. Workers will also deepen the ship’s main channel to 54 feet to accommodate larger vessels.

Port commission leaders unanimously approved speeding up the project, which advances $3 million in port funds for the first construction phase.

The project is expected to cost $327 million with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and port officials paying $225 million and $102 million, respectively.

Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, and Kansas City Southern provide rail service to the port through the Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad.

See the news release online.

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