After years of waiting, the $17 million Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project in Fort Lauderdale has finally commenced. The planning and setup has started May 2 and the deepening begins today (May 4) in the Port Everglades opening to the ICW, according to the FIND Chief Strategy Officer, Chuck Malkus.
The economic and environmental report was approved by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers which allows the clearing of way in order for the Port to start the next stage which leads to the deepening and widening of its channels.
This 2-year-long project aims to achieve an overall depth of 17 feet from the current 10 feet which will take place from 17th Street Causeway to Sunrise Boulevard.
For the Florida Inland Navigational District (FIND), this Intracoastal deepening will be the biggest single public works project, a special state taxing district assigned to manage and maintain the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
As the primary marine destination, Ft Lauderdale’s waterways must remain open and accessible to vessels of all sizes seeking to reside, retrofit or visit the local marinas and boatyards. This will offer great benefits and opportunities to Broward County as well as local communities.