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Business

Ill. company to help expand Corpus Christi Ship Channel

Vessels are docked at the Port of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.
Vessels are docked at the Port of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.

The Port of Corpus Christi on Thursday announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had selected Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. The federal government and the Port of Corpus Christi are funding the overall $360 million ship channel project.

Plans include expanding the Corpus Christi Ship Channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island. The depth would increase from 47 feet to 54 feet from the jetties at the entrance to the channel.

The project comes amid replacement of the Harbor Bridge, which opened in 1959 and has a 138-foot clearance, with a larger span.

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