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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief's Report signed for Mile Point project
May 3, 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that the Chief of Engineer’s Report has been approved and signed for the Jacksonville Harbor (Mile Point) Navigational Study. This approval is a critical step towards moving the project forward to Congress for authorization and appropriation of funding.
“Everyone in Jacksonville who cares about the economic vitality of this region will mark this important day,” said JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson. “The Army Corps’ approval of the Mile Point project moves us considerably closer to ensuring we maintain the valuable port business that we have today and build on that by leaps and bounds for the future. We owe Congresswoman Brown, Congressman Mica, Congressman Crenshaw, Congressman Stearns, and Senator Nelson our gratitude for their leadership on this critical achievement. We are now focused on working with the Corps to expedite this significant project to maximize the growth of jobs critical to our continued national economic recovery.”
“This is a tremendous milestone for this project,” said Jerry Scarborough, U.S. Army Corps Chief of the Water Resources Branch. “This significant step allows us to officially submit the report to Congress for authorization.”
Mile Point consists of 5,000 feet of shoreline located along the north shore of the St. Johns River and east of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW). Great Marsh Island and the Mile Point Training Wall divide Chicopit Bay. The confluence of the St. Johns River with the IWW is known as Mile Point, an area that experiences difficult crosscurrents on the ebb tide. Due to these crosscurrents there is navigational restriction on the ebb tide that affects all vessels that have a transit draft greater than 33 feet inbound and 36 feet outbound, inhibiting the free movement of vessel traffic.