The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that it has signed a partnering agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Port of Iberia to widen and deepen the port’s waterway.
The Port of Iberia is a 57.5-mile waterway that provides access to the Gulf of Mexico and includes the Commercial Canal, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Freshwater Bayou. The current plan consists of widening and deepening the waterway from the existing depth of 12 feet to a depth of 16 feet with a bottom width of 150 feet.
“Keeping our navigational access to Gulf of Mexico is critical our industries survival here in Acadiana,” says Craig Romero, executive director of the Port of Iberia.
The initial federal investment, along with the non-federal investment, will fund the completion of a full validation report, to be conducted over the next 12-14 months. Read the entire announcement.