U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocates $3.6 million for Rio Grande Valley projects
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) allocated more than $509 million in funding for projects throughout the state, and nearly $3.6 million of those funds are for three projects right here in the Rio Grande Valley.
According to a news release from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, the money will be used on flood mitigation projects across Texas, as well as on studies on the coastline to make the state more resilient to future storms.
A dredging project in Harlingen has been allocated $2.4 million to be used “for maintenance dredging of the Main Channel to project depth, the Turning Basin in advance maintenance depth, and hot spot dredging," according to USACE.
Further south in Cameron County, $1 million in funding has been allocated for preconstruction, engineering and the design phase of the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project, according to a list of feasibility studies funded by USACE.
The project that's been in the works for years aims to deepen the Brownsville Ship Channel to 52 feet from 42 feet, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce said in 2014.
According to USACE, more than $250,000 has been allocated the feasibility study phase of Brownsville resaca projects.