Oakland Harbor Turn Basin Widening Plan Moves Forward

A project that would widen the Oakland Harbor’s turning basin, pictured here, is under consideration. Photo courtesy of Port of Oakland.

A report on widening the Oakland Harbor turning basins so that bigger container vessels can come to the Port of Oakland is moving forward.

The public can weigh in on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District’s draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment until Jan. 31.

San Francisco District Commander Lt. Col. Kevin Arnett called the draft a major milestone in an ongoing effort “to catch waves of new ships for the East Bay.”

“Back in 2009 we celebrated deepening Oakland Harbor to minus-50 feet to allow for bigger, longer ships, and to ensure the port’s benefit to the local economy,” he said. “Today, with the release of the district’s feasibility report we are taking a step forward to widening the turning basins and continuing that progress and growth. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Port as this project moves along, and we see it ultimately come to fruition.”

More information is available on the project page at the US Army Corp of Engineers website. A meeting is set for Jan. 12 to discuss the project. Registration for the meeting is available at portoakland.zoom.us.

By Margaret Bauman