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Port of Los Angeles completes channel-deepening project

The Port of Los Angeles celebrated its 10-year channel-deepening project to accommodate bigger post-Panamax vessels on Wednesday, at a culminating event attended by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials from the port, state and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The 45-foot-deep Main Channel, West Basin Channel and East Basin Channel were deepened to 53 feet during the $370 million project.

"The Port of Los Angeles is a critical economic engine to the Los Angeles region," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "Completion of this project means that the Port will remain competitive globally, and continue to be a strong source for jobs and regional revenue growth for years to come."

The work, conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers, relocated 15 million cubic yards of dredge materials to various sites throughout the port. Some of the dredging material was used to create the 104-acre Cabrillo Shallow Water Habitat, a replacement shallow water habitat and feeding area for fish and birds in the outer harbor.

"Completion of the Main Channel Deepening Project has been our single-most, important infrastructure project," said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. "We're grateful for the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and everyone on the Port team who helped bring this critical infrastructure priority to fruition."

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