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Recovery Act Funds Used to Dredge Critical Shoaling
September 14, 2009

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, maintenance dredging of four of the nine critical shoals on the James River began July 14th under a $2.990 million contract awarded by the District. Project funding is part of the approximately $27 million that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 designated for Norfolk District’s civil works projects throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Cottrell Contracting of Chesapeake, Va., under an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) task order, is dredging the James River Federal Navigation Channel to ensure deep-draft vessels can navigate the river in a safe and unrestricted manner. Work is set for completion in February 2010.

The Cottrell IDIQ is a 3-year services contract to perform periodic maintenance dredging of the James River. The federal government uses an IDIQ contract when it cannot predetermine, above a specified minimum, the precise quantities of services required during the contract period. The IDIQ contract also allows for streamlining of the time it takes to get a dredge to remove a critical shoal, as task orders are issued without the usual lengthy process of contract preparation and procurement.

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