Historic Bass River dredging to begin in Q3

Bass River Bridge. Credit: Getty Images
"The Bass River Bridge in Yarmouth, Massachusetts is a vital and much used roadway especially during the summer season." Credit: Getty Images

The Bass River, in Massachusetts, will be dredged for the first time in 60 years under the terms of a new USD1.4 million grant to the City of Beverly from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development – Massachusetts Dredging Program.

Phase 1 of the undertaking, due to begin in autumn of this year, involves dredging the river’s lower section, reaching from the Bass River entrance on the Danvers River to the Hall Whittaker Bridge.

This will be followed by Phase 2, which includes dredging the area north of Bridge Street, which is slated for completion by the end of winter 2020.

The river was last dredged over 60 years ago by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works in 1955.

By the time the new project is complete, a footprint of some 4 m2 will have been dredged along the river, with current grant funding allowing it to be dredged to a depth of 2.8 m at mean low water within the area designated as Phase 1, and 2 m in the area designated as Phase 2.