Tampa Harbor Florida Deepening Project

by W. Sam Eisenberg, US Army Corps of Engineers, Design, Branch, Jacksonville, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Tampa Harbor is one of the largest dredging projects ever undertaken by the Corps of Engineers. The major features of the deepening project which presented the greatest problems were the engineering and environmental considerations in excavation and disposal of approximately 63 million cubic yards of material from the main channel. Dredged material was disposed of in numerous ways: (1) offshore disposal in the Gulf of Mexico; (2) placement on adjacent coastal beaches; (3) underwater disposal sites along the main channel; (4) diked areas in the upper bay area; and (5) enlargement of existing islands to create desirable environmental habitat. Each of these disposal methodologies required special care in design and extensive coordination. Construction work on the project, which commenced in 1975, is now scheduled for completion in late 1985.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Environmental issues | Dredged materials | Project management | Construction materials | Water quality | Case studies | Excavation | Florida | United States | Tampa | Gulf of Mexico

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