US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

Redwood City Harbor Channel Study

REDWOOD CITY HARBOR (DEEPENING) STUDY
INVESTIGATIONS

Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

Redwood City Harbor, the only deep water port in South San Francisco Bay, is located approximately 25 miles southeast of the City of San Francisco. An existing deep-draft navigation project, which was completed in 1965, is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). This proposed study will address deepening the project to a greater-than-authorized depth of 30 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) to accommodate the new, larger vessels that currently call on the port and require more than the authorized depth to carry more tonnage. These vessels are forced to light-load and top-off at other ports, significantly adding to the cost of calling on the port. Despite the current obstacles, commercial tonnage has increased over 1,300% since 1987. 

 

TOTAL FUNDING

 

TOTAL COST*

4,928,248

FEDERAL COST

$  2,551,965

NON-FEDERAL COST

2,376,283

 

 

TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2019

$  2,376,283

FY 2020 BUDGET

   $                0

COST TO COMPLETE

$                0

       *Based on funding received to date. If study were to resume, would need to determine remaining scope and cost to complete study.

FY 19 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Review economic and cost data and decide whether to propose a study resumption.

FY 20 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Next steps will depend on decision to resume study.

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • The Port of Redwood City is the non-federal sponsor (NFS).
  • In 2012, the feasibility study was reset in accordance with USACE SMART Planning through a multi-day charrette with the NFS, key stakeholders, and USACE Vertical team.
  • The study was put on hold in 2016 due to determination of lack of federal interest. However, subsequent benefit to cost ratio estimate is close to unity. The Port has experienced significant economic growth since 2016. Federal interest would need to be confirmed through more rigorous reassessment of economic benefits and costs.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 14th District, Rep. Jackie Speier
  • 18th District, Rep. Anna Eshoo

POINT OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, Edwin S. Townsley, (415) 503-6593

Updated on 31 January 2019

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Contact

General Questions
415-503-6708
450 Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA 94102