2013-2014 Maintenance Dredging Project Update
Designed and maintained as a federal inlet by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the St. Lucie Inlet is an important conduit between the inland Intracoastal and Okeechobee Waterways and the Atlantic Ocean. The Inlet’s impoundment basin was designed to accommodate a 3 to 4 year maintenance dredging interval and has performed well safeguarding navigation; however an active storm season in 2012 accelerated filling of the impoundment basin. The impoundment basin was dredged in 2012; estimates indicate the impoundment basin has exceeded 50% capacity due to the passage of TS Isaac, Hurricane Sandy and severe nor’easters later that year. (For the August Survey Click Here) The upcoming project is well timed to maintain safe navigation through the inlet. Environmental restrictions limit these maintenance activities to a November 1st– March 1st construction window.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the St. Lucie Inlet Maintenance dredging contract to Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting. This will be a four month long project that will start that must be completed by February 28, 2014.
Project Mobilization Status:
· Dredge AJ Fournier -arrive in Fort Pierce October 30, 2013
· The Barge Unloader Bean 20 arrive in Fort Pierce October 23, 2013
· The Project support vessels and barges scheduled to begin arriving in Stuart area October 25th.
· Pipeline assembly at Indian River Terminal in Fort Pierce ongoing
Prior to construction the dredge AJ Fournier will be moved to the St. Lucie Inlet and the Unloader Bean 20 will be moved to its location in Peck Lake. Dredging activities are expected to begin in early November and continue through the end of February.
For the pipeline and equipment layout of the Pecks Lake area please Cick Here.
For a map of the project path Click Here.
For a layout of where work will be going on in the inlet please Click Here.