Broward County Intracoastal Waterway Dredging / Deepening, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
|Client:||Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND)|
Existing depths in the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), part of the federally-authorized navigation channel along Florida's east coast, were -10 feet (ft) Mean Low Water (MLW). The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) sponsored this project to deepen the ICW channel to -15 ft MLW in a ±2-mile section from the 17th Street Causeway to just north of the Las Olas Bridge. Material from the ICW channel was mechanically dredged by Cashman Dredging and placed into a barge. The material was then dewatered and temporarily placed at a Dredged Material Management Area (DMMA) located at Port Everglades. Dredging began the first week of May 2016 continued through 2017. Broward County residents and the area's vital marine industry will benefit from deeper water and easier navigation following the completion of the ICW deepening project in 2017. The dredging portion of the project was completed one year ahead of schedule.
During the project, every effort was made to accommodate normal, safe navigation operations. Cashman monitored traffic and warned mariners of reduced clearances and limited navigability within the ICW during dredge operations.