Connecticut Port Authority Statement on New Haven Port Study Update
Today, Scott Bates, Chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority, released the following statement upon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that analysis indicates dredge materials from the port are suitable for open water disposal, which opens up multiple, beneficial alternative use options.
“The New Haven project is a major investment in economic growth and job creation across Connecticut. The Connecticut Port Authority is proud to be a part of it, and we look forward to moving ahead with our partners at the U.S. Army Corps and the New Haven Port Authority.
The U.S. Army Corps’ latest update shows that dredged materials from the port will be suitable for open water disposal, which will shorten the necessary haul distances and increase the cost effectiveness of the overall project.
It also means we have the opportunity to not only expand commerce through the port of New Haven and create jobs throughout the region, but we can also have a positive impact on the surrounding environment through creation of new shellfish habitats, salt marsh restoration and safe resolution of the pit issue at Morris Cove.”
CPA Announces Early Completion of Housatonic River Dredge Project
A combination of efficient work and cooperative weather has led to the early completion of a major dredging project in the Housatonic River funded by the Connecticut Port Authority.
Work to deepen the river’s navigation channel was finished December 6th, almost two months before the scheduled completion. Nearly 270,000 cubic yards of clean sand from the river bottom has been used to rebuild eroding beach at Hammonasset State Park.
“The Connecticut Port Authority, in its first year of operation, has established a thoughtful system to identify and complete dredging and maintenance projects that enhance navigation and improve the use of Connecticut’s shoreline and inland waterways,” said Scott Bates, chairman of the Authority. “We hope to maintain steady progress with similar projects going forward.”
The Housatonic dredging project takes the river to its authorized depth and width from the mouth of the river to a point five miles north. More than 1,000 vessels are docked along the river and more than 1 million people use Hammonasset beach each year so this particular project benefits Connecticut in two ways.
The project cost $9.3 million.
Bond Commission Approves 18 Small Harbor Improvement Projects
Today the Bond Commission approved the Connecticut Port Authority’s request to fund 18 projects under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP). These projects cover a range of improvements including: marina repair, dredging, boat ramp facilities improvement, harbor management plans and feasibility studies. Details of each project are in the attached document.
“These projects will create jobs and opportunity for working families across Connecticut”, said Scott Bates, Chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority. “By partnering with local officials to identify and fund projects, we have developed a new roadmap for investing in Connecticut’s small harbor infrastructure and the long term growth of our maritime economy.”
“We are very pleased to see these projects come to life under SHIPP,” said Evan Matthews, Executive Director of the Connecticut Port Authority. “Part of our core mission is to invest in the waterfront infrastructure that supports our local communities. Using our CPA resources, along with local funding where possible, we’re able to boost the outcome for everyone.”
Background: Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP)
The mission of the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) is to coordinate the development of Connecticut’s ports and harbors, while working with other state, local and private entities to maximize the economic potential of the state’s maritime commerce and industries. In pursuit of this mission, the CPA has created the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program or SHIPP as a central part of its strategy to support economic development throughout Connecticut’s waterfront communities.
The CPA issued a Request for Applications in order to generate a pool of prospective Municipal Harbor Improvement Projects for consideration of funding under this competitive grant program. The solicitation was issued in Match, applications were returned April 17, 2017.
The CPA formed a projects committee to review the applications based on criteria developed. The result of that process was the attached list of 18 approved projects.
The Connecticut Port Authority is a quasi-public agency responsible for marketing and coordinating the development of the state’s maritime economy.