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Dredging the James
Dredging the James
The crew of the Cottrell Contracting Corporation Dredge Marion works to remove shoals from the James River federal navigation channel just off shore from James City County, Va., Nov. 6 2013. The river plays a role in the economies of Richmond and Hopewell, providing a navigation channel of 25 feet deep for ships to move goods to and from the inland ports. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)
Side View
Side View
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The crew of the Cottrell Contracting Corporation Dredge Marion works to remove shoals from the James River federal navigation channel just off shore from James City County, Va., Nov. 6 2013. The river plays a role in the economies of Richmond and Hopewell, providing a navigation channel of 25 feet deep for ships to move goods to and from the inland ports. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)
Ship Passing
Ship Passing
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- A ship passes by the Cottrell Contracting Corporation Dredge Marion as it works to remove shoals from the James River federal navigation channel just off shore from James City County, Va., Nov. 6 2013. The river plays a role in the economies of Richmond and Hopewell, providing a navigation channel of 25 feet deep for ships like this to move goods to and from the inland ports. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)
Dredging the James
Dredging the James
The crew of the Cottrell Contracting Corporation Dredge Marion works to remove shoals from the James River federal navigation channel just off shore from James City County, Va., Nov. 6 2013. The river plays a role in the economies of Richmond and Hopewell, providing a navigation channel of 25 feet deep for ships to move goods to and from the inland ports. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

James River Federal Navigation Project

The James River Federal Navigation Project extends from Hampton Roads, Virginia to Richmond, Virginia covering a distance of 90.8 miles. The channel portion of project is currently maintained: 25 feet deep and 300 feet wide from the mouth to Hopewell; 25 feet deep and 200 feet wide from Hopewell to Richmond Deepwater Terminal; and 18 feet deep and 200 feet wide from Deepwater Terminal to the Richmond Lock. A turning basin in Richmond Harbor is currently maintained to 18 feet deep, 200 feet wide and 600 feet long.

Users

The Commonwealth of Virginia is the primary beneficiary of the James River Federal Navigation Project.

Authority

The James River Federal Navigation Project was authorized by the River and Harbor Act of 5 July 1884 and modified by the River and Harbor Acts of 13 June 1902, 3 March 1905, 3 July 1930, 26 August 1937, 2 March 1945, 17 May 1950, and 23 October 1962.

Map of the lower James River

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Project Contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logo803 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

757-201-7715

Contractor

Cottrell Contracting Corporation
Chesapeake, Va.