The Port of Los Angeles’s 10-year Main Channel Deepening Project has been completed.
The $370 million project was conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the port. It deepened the port’s 45-foot-deep main navigational channel and turning basins to a 53-foot depth, allowing the port to accommodate bigger and more modern vessels from around the world. During the course of the effort, the corps generated and relocated 15 million cubic yards of dredged material, some of which was used to construct the 104 acre Cabrillo Shallow Water Habitat.
Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles mayor, along with elected officials and leaders from the port and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, celebrated the milestone.
“Completion of the Main Channel Deepening Project has been our single-most important infrastructure project,” said Geraldine Knatz, the port’s executive director, in a written statement.