Road brings Intracoastal dredging closer March 24, 2016
Construction of the temporary access road from Port Everglades to Northeast 7th Ave in Dania Beach this month brings the Florida Inland Navigation District one step closer to the beginning of dredging the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW). The project, which has been in planning and permitting for close to 10 years, is set begin before the summer to dredge to -17 feet MLW beginning at the 17th Street Bridge and ending just north of Las Olas Boulevard.
The new temporary road is necessary to haul the dewatered dredged material from the staging site within Port Everglades. The traffic plan has been one small part of this long and complicated permit processes. Public meetings were held, stakeholders from along the Dania Cut-off Canal were included in the detailed meetings with the city of Dania Beach, Broward County and FPL, which resulted in the final plan designed to execute the project with the least amount of disruption to current operations. In particular, hauling will be curtailed on weekdays between 6 – 8 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. so as to not disrupt the arrival and departure of employees from Taylor Lane companies.
The IWW deepening project is the second phase of dredging conducted under the leadership of FIND, in partnership with Broward County and the local municipalities. The first phase of the dredging project deepened the Dania Cut-Off Canal and was completed in 2013. By 2015, businesses along the canal realized growth that was directly attributable to the deepening project. It is estimated that the project generated 132 additional jobs, $6.6 million in labor income, $9.9 million in value added and nearly $800,000 in additional tax revenue within Broward County. The economic impact in Fort Lauderdale is anticipated to be proportionally larger.
Marinas along the IWW also are preparing to piggyback on the main channel permit to dredge access to their facilities so that vessels will have a worry-free approach all the way to the dock. All this work helps maintain South Florida’s leadership position for marine goods and services and the home of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Once the project starts, be prepared to see a working barge on the Intracoastal Waterway for the next two years. This is the largest single project FIND has ever undertaken, and the marine industry and South Florida are poised to reap the rewards.