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Take Action! Make the Southern Branch Wider and Deeper

Monday, January 8, 2018   (0 Comments)


On Tuesday, December 12, and shortly after endorsing widening and deepening the Norfolk Harbor and Channels main shipping channels to 55 feet and beyond, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released another report which similarly endorses deepening the Elizabeth River and Southern Branch for public review and comment – with comments due by January 15. 

The Southern Branch deepening project is a connected, but separate project from the Norfolk Harbor 55-foot project.  Both are critical to the future success of our port industries and Virginia’s economic growth.



All comments concerning this Environmental Assessment are required to be submitted by January 15, 2018.  For further information and to submit comments or to request a hard copy or CD of the Draft GRR/EA, please contact Dave Schulte of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District
803 Front Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Attention: David Schulte
(757) 201-7009



The Draft GRR/EA Recommended Plan or Preferred Alternative is the Locally Preferred Alternative, which includes the following features:

  • Deepening the channel from Lamberts Bend to Perdue Farms (Segment 1a) from a required depth of 40 feet to 45 feet deep in Segment 1a, and deepening the channel from Perdue Farms to the Norfolk Southern Lift Bridge (Segment 1b) from a required depth of 40 feet to 42 feet.
  • Deepening the channel from the Norfolk Southern Lift Bridge to the Gilmerton Bridge (Segment 2), from a required depth of 35 feet to 39 feet deep; and
  • Continuing to maintain the channel from the Gilmerton Bridge to the Chesapeake Extension to a required depth of 35 feet (Segment 3).

Action is needed to demonstrate strong and widespread support for the Wider-Deeper-Safer navigation channels that are now supported by the findings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  There is no project more important in determining the future of our port and this project remains VMA’s top priority.  

Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302