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Rock blasting taking place on Delaware River

Project Updates // February 17, 2017

The Philadelphia District of the US Army Corps of Engineers says the backhoe excavator dredge New York is working in tandem with the drill barge Apache to remove rock fragments from locations where blasting has just taken place on the Delaware River.

The USACE and its contractor are conducting rock blasting operations on the Delaware River as part of a project to deepen the federal channel of the river to provide for more efficient maritime transport of cargo.

This project involves dredging as needed within the existing 40ft Delaware River federal navigation channel to deepen it to 45ft from Philadelphia Harbor, Pa and Beckett Street Terminal, Camden, NJ along a 102.5 mile stretch of the river to deepwater in the Delaware Bay.

Six contracts have been completed; one is under construction; and another has been awarded and is scheduled to begin construction in December. Target project completion is later in 2017.

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