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Corps making progress on Miami Harbor project

Staff report

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, reported that the Miami Harbor deepening and widening project is on schedule, including the successful construction of artificial reefs and relocation of about a thousand healthy corals.

The corps and its contractors are at the 35 percent completion mark with more than one million cubic yards of material safely removed from the federal channel and the majority of mitigation construction completed.

Operations in the outer channel that began in November, 2013, calls for dredging approximately 2.1 million cubic yards of material from the harbor entrance channel, relocating coral, creating artificial reef and constructing seagrass mitigation sites.

The corps estimates completing the outer channel construction by November, 2014, bringing the entrance channel depth to 52 feet, plus one foot allowable over-depth, and widening the outermost portion of the entrance channel to 800 feet.

Additionally, the project includes deepening and widening the inner channel, with full project completion scheduled for July 2015.

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