The project entailed deepening the channel from 35 ft to 41 ft in the Elizabeth (NJ) Port Reach and the North of Shooter’s Island Reach (NY) areas. It is part of an overall harbour deepening programme that is being conducted by the Corps and the Port Authority.
Authorised by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, the Arthur Kill Channel 41 ft navigation project spans New York/New Jersey Harbour from the confluence of the Kill Van Kull and Newark Bay channels to the New York Container Terminal in the Howland Hook area of Staten Island.
It includes deepening the channel to 40 ft at mean low water (MLW) from the New York Container Terminal to the Conoco Phillips (Tosco) Oil Terminal in New Jersey and GATX facilities in New York, as well as the environmental restoration and enhancement of approximately 23 acres of inter-tidal salt marsh at two sites in the Arthur Kill watershed. The total cost of the project is estimated at US$190m.