Lake Worth Inlet deepening considered

Mar 11, 2014 by Guest Writer

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville District, the Port of Palm Beach and the local Harbor Pilots Association have taken another step toward deepening and widening Lake Worth Inlet and Palm Beach Harbor.

“The Port of Palm Beach is in full support of the recommended channel improvements and wishes to proceed as expeditiously as possible to begin realizing the operational and economic benefits,” said Corps project manager Laurel Reichold.

Palm Beach Harbor has not had any federal improvements in more than 50 years. The recommended plan deepens the existing 33-foot project depth to 41-feet in the entrance channel, 39-feet in the inner channel and main turning basin, and widens the existing footprint in certain places. An advance maintenance plan with jetty stabilization and settling basin expansion is also part of the recommended plan.

Once Congress authorizes the project and the Corps receives funding, the Corps anticipates a pre-construction, engineering and design phase will take approximately 24 months, followed by a 24-month construction phase.

To read the full report, visit, click “Ports” in the right column and then “Lake Worth Inlet Pilot Project” in the right column.