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Update Oct. 21

Cashman Dredging will dredge beneath the SE 17th Street Bridge beginning Monday evening Oct. 24 through Thursday morning Oct. 27. The hours of operation will be approximately 1800 to 0600 each day.  There will be two tugs boats with the dredge vessel, Captain A.J. Fournier.

The dredge will move on demand. The dredge and tugs monitor Channels 13, 16 and utilize Channel 67 as the working channel.

The dredge Captain A.J. Fournier will not be dredging on the Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project between the SE 17th Street Bridge and the Las Olas Bridge Oct. 22 and 23, the dredge will be remaining on-site.

By Dorie Cox

The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) dredge project that began north of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale plans to stay out of the way of yachts attending the upcoming boat show.

Although the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show runs Nov. 4-7, preparations are already under way.

Tyler Chappell, and is county commissioner for the Florida Inland Navigation District County (FIND) in Broward county and is vice president of Chappell Group.

“Most of the dredge is complete in front of Bahia Mar,” Chappell said. “Now they are working their way west toward downtown and the New River on the ICW.”

Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co. has been contracted to do the dredging for the $20 million project which began in May to deepen the ICW between the 17th Street Causeway Bridge north of the port to just north of the Las Olas Bridge. The channel will allow better access to Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Fort Lauderdale Hilton, The Sails Marina and Pier 66 Marina.

Chappell said most of the dredging to deepen the channel from the existing 10 feet to a 15-foot controlling depth is complete from 17th Street to Bahia Mar.

“Except for the section around the triangle, where the ICW runs east and west,” Chappell said.

And there is more work to be done near the Las Olas Bridge, at the north end of the project. But that is waiting for service from utility companies.

“That part of the project will be done after the boats are out of the show,” Chappell said.

He said an underwater pile of debris near the 17th Street Causeway Bridge will be removed. It is near the fender on the northeast side of the bridge, along the seawall. It is located just outside of the channel and was left when the bridge was built.

The dredge project, originally scheduled for completion in 2017, is expected to be finished by late November, Chappell said.

Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at dorie@the-triton.com.

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