EAST CHICAGO | The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a public meeting tonight about the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal dredging project.
Dredging contractors Kokosing Construction Co. and O'Brien & Gene will present a 2014 dredging schedule and activities.
Dredging at the confined disposal facility site began in 2012 for the first time since 1972, with the contractor dredging about 400,000 cubic yards of material. Dredging will resume this spring.
Portions of the federal channel will be dredged to achieve the navigation depth authorized by Congress. Sediments in adjacent berthing and docking areas also will be removed at the request of local industry and local sponsors, including the East Chicago Waterway Management District.
After backlog dredging is complete, maintenance dredging will take place, as necessary, over a period of about 20 years to remove reaccumulated sediments and maintain navigable depth in the waterway.
The meeting is set for 5 to 8 tonight at East Chicago City Hall, 4525 Indianapolis Blvd.