THE CITY OF ELIZABETH & THE U.S. ARMY CORPS TO CONDUCT PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON ARTHUR KILL

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THE CITY OF ELIZABETH & THE U.S. ARMY CORPS TO CONDUCT PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON ARTHUR KILL

 

ELIZABETH, NJ—March 15, 2012— On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a public information meeting focusing on the ongoing deepening of the Arthur Kill shipping channel.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Army Corps for conducting this meeting,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, “as this project directly impacts the City of Elizabeth, keeping residents informed and providing the opportunity for the exchange of ideas is imperative to the success of this project.”

Since its inception in August 2011, the deepening project will allow large ships to safely navigate the shipping channel to the New York Container Terminal. Some areas of the Arthur Kill Channel contain solid rock that is being broken into smaller pieces to be dredged from the Channel floor, using a controlled, safe detonation of explosives placed in the underwater rock.

The information session provided residents with an opportunity to ask questions and obtain information about the project directly from Army Corps representatives, its contractors and consultants. Topics will include: purpose and description of overall Harbor Deepening Project; Why drilling and blasting is imperative and necessary for the safety of ship navigation and how it’s being accomplished, as well as the Voluntary Residential Property Inspection Program and Independent Noise and Vibration.

While drilling may be performed sporadically, blasting operations will only occur during daylight hours (two hours after sunrise and one hour before sunset). Blasting will not be performed before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. or on Sundays and Federal Holidays.

The Army Corps in partnership with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are improving the main shipping Channels in the Port by deepening them to a depth of 50 feet, allowing safe and more efficient access to the world’s largest oceangoing ships. The overall Harbor Deepening Project involves dredging nearly 38 miles of shipping Channels between New York and New Jersey bringing them to a consistent depth of 50 feet. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest container port on the East Coast.

This meeting was held in Council Chambers on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, located at 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hotline at (201) 339-6470.