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Corps of Engineers, Port of Seattle sign harbor deepening cost-sharing agreement

Published Sept. 30, 2014
Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani and Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck shake hands before signing and entering into a $3 million cost-sharing  agreement at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district office here Sept. 29. The agreement is for a cost-shared feasibility study to investigate potential Port deepening alternatives and will determine if there is an economically-justifiable alternative to deepen Seattle Harbor’s East and West Waterways. Also pictured are, far left, Port of Seattle Seaport Managing Director Linda Styrk and, far right, Seattle District Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management and Chief, Programs & Project Management Division Olton Swanson.

Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani and Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck shake hands before signing and entering into a $3 million cost-sharing agreement at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district office here Sept. 29. The agreement is for a cost-shared feasibility study to investigate potential Port deepening alternatives and will determine if there is an economically-justifiable alternative to deepen Seattle Harbor’s East and West Waterways. Also pictured are, far left, Port of Seattle Seaport Managing Director Linda Styrk and, far right, Seattle District Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management and Chief, Programs & Project Management Division Olton Swanson.

Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani and Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck sign and enter into a $3 million cost-sharing  agreement at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district office here Sept. 29. The agreement is for a cost-shared feasibility study to investigate potential Port deepening alternatives and will determine if there is an economically-justifiable alternative to deepen Seattle Harbor’s East and West Waterways. Also pictured are, far left, Port of Seattle Seaport Managing Director Linda Styrk and, far right, Seattle District Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management and Chief, Programs & Project Management Division Olton Swanson.

Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani and Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck sign and enter into a $3 million cost-sharing agreement at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district office here Sept. 29. The agreement is for a cost-shared feasibility study to investigate potential Port deepening alternatives and will determine if there is an economically-justifiable alternative to deepen Seattle Harbor’s East and West Waterways. Also pictured are, far left, Port of Seattle Seaport Managing Director Linda Styrk and, far right, Seattle District Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management and Chief, Programs & Project Management Division Olton Swanson.

SEATTLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Port of Seattle signed an agreement Sept. 29 moving forward with a $3 million cost-shared feasibility study to investigate potential Port deepening alternatives.

In March 2012, the Corps’ preliminary report found there is federal interest in potentially deepening Seattle Harbor’s East and West Waterways and this feasibility study will determine if there is an economically-justifiable alternative. Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck and Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani signed the agreement.

"The Port of Seattle greatly appreciates the Corps of Engineers in starting this study," said Yoshitani. "This is another step in keeping the Pacific Northwest a competitive trade gateway, and keeping thousands of local jobs here."

The President included the feasibility study in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and Congress gave the green light to pursue it in their annual Fiscal Year spending bill. It is the second of several studies the Corps is required to complete in its process. The process provides multiple opportunities for public outreach and input.

Authorized waterway depths are currently between -34 and -51 feet mean lower low water (MLLW). The study will investigate to depths of -55 feet MLLW, taking into consideration economics, cost, risk, environmental aspects, cultural resources, fish habitat, endangered species, geotechnical, coastal engineering and cost engineering.

The Corps and Port will split the cost equally and the study should be complete in three years. When complete, the feasibility report will include a net benefit analysis and the required National Environmental Policy Act documentation will disclose any environmental effects of deepening the existing channel.


Contact
Bill Dowell, Corps of Engineers
206-764-3464
william.r.dowell@usace.army.mil
or
Peter McGraw, Port of Seattle
206-787-3446

Release no. 14-041