CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– The Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded an Option/additional work in the amount of $8,860,090 on Sept. 3, for additional areas of repair on the North Jetty under the Corpus Christi Ship Channel - Entrance Channel Jetty Repairs contract. This additional awarded work increased the jetty repair contract to $48.3 million. The additional work area will require temporary closure of the north jetty beginning on Oct. 5.
“The additional work to the north jetty will include adding armor stone and blanket stone on additional sections of the north jetty and replacing additional sections of the concrete cap on the north jetty,” said Belynda Kinman, operations manager for USACE Galveston District. “For safety, during construction the contractor will be closing the north jetty to public access.”
Repairs to the jetties are being made as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm with large waves that impacted the jetties located at Aransas Pass.
The contractor will be closing the north jetty in phases which include:
Phase-1 estimated from 5 Oct to 2 Nov: Work area is located just offshore of the beach for 800 feet.
Phase-2 estimated from 2 Nov to 16 Nov: Work area is located at the start of the beach to the end of the Phase 1 area.
Phase-3 estimated from January 2021 to March 2021: Work area is located at the start of the beach to the end of the contract work area. Approximately a total of 2,200 feet.
According to Kinman, the current contract required completion date is Sept. 23, 2021.
Both Jetties were initially constructed between the years of 1868 – 1899 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is critical the jetties be maintained to stabilize and reduce shoaling of the Aransas Pass and the Corpus Christi Entrance Channel.
USACE Galveston was established in 1880 as the first USACE district in Texas. Originally tasked with overseeing river and harbor improvements, the district is currently responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates. Galveston District is growing with the region to manage the multi-billion dollar water programs that will enable economic growth, while protecting the people and environment of America’s Energy Coast.
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