Port Everglades, Florida, was selected for harbour deepening and widening works as part of the New Start designation in the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) FY 2020 Work Plan.
The New Start designation provides USD29.1 million to build a new facility for the US Coast Guard (USCG) station in Fort Lauderdale. The Intracoastal Waterway will be widened by 76 m at a chokepoint where large Neo-Panamax cargo ships currently have operating restrictions.
“Addressing this chokepoint is a critical step to widening the Intracoastal Waterway so cargo ships are able to transit to and from the southern part of the Port,” said Glenn Wiltshire, Port Everglades acting chief executive and port director. “The new coastguard station is a welcomed bonus that is needed for our community.”
The coast guard station reconfiguration is the first phase of the larger USACE Port Everglades navigation improvements project to deepen and widen the port’s navigational channels.
The project is expected to be completed by November 2023 and to cost a total estimated USD39 million.
It is anticipated that the completed project will create 2,200 construction jobs and nearly 1,500 permanent jobs resulting from additional cargo capacity. Port Everglades currently generates an estimated USD34 billion in business annually and over 13,000 direct jobs in South Florida.