Dredging the Delaware River = ?


A sign on a building along the Delaware River in Philadelphia puts it so simply: Dredge the river and get jobs! (And: Notice!: That’s the top of the USS United States in the background.)

News stories – published in the last 24 hours – show a discontented public. One has Salem County, New Jersey, officials worried about plans to dump the excavated river bottom in their county. Another documents upset South Jersey residents who dislike the Delaware River Port Authority’s plan to pay for the dredging, which would raise the price of tolls on bridges and increase PATCO train fares.

The $1.1 billion project – to be completed in five years – will deepen a 102-mile section of the channel by five feet, making it 45 feet deep. All in the name of keeping Philly’s port competitive with other East Coast ports.


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