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Dredging under way in Cape Coral's canals

Cape Coral, Florida

Source: Wink News Now

Workers in Cape Coral are dredging clogged canals.Machines are targeting shallow waterways in an effort to make them at least five feet deep. 

A crew is working on one canal at Southwest 40th Terrace near the intersection of Mohawk Parkway and Skyline Boulevard.

Some of these canals have not been dredged in over a decade. The city has contracted Gator Dredging for this project and is spending more than 3 million dollars. Residents say this is much needed in the area. 

Hal and Robin Klingler moved to the Cape a year ago and one of their big questions was about dredging. The couple says their canal was three feet deep at times.

"We were concerned not only about the bottom of the boat but even how it would affect the propeller and inboard motor," said Robin.

Now the pair can breath easier thanks to a massive dredging project that's moving past their backyard. "The noise is actually a lot better than a thought, with a big diesel engine on the back of a barge!" said Hal. The project kickstarted more than a month ago, and already Gator has dredged 13 canals out of a total of 51.

The majority of canals to be dredged are located in the southeast quadrant of the city, south of Hancock Bridge Parkway and east of Santa Barbara Blvd.

Dredging is taking also place on a canal near the corner of Skyline Boulevard and Mohawk Parkway. 

Crews are also working to build de-watering cells, which are large piles to hold dirt that's sucked out of the canals.  It's gator dredgings goal to dredge out 47,000 cubic yards of dirt over the next three years and that adds up to more than 142 million pounds.

"This is what we received for our tax dollars, is to have our canal dredged, which is seriously needed," said Robin. 

Crews will be at their sites Monday through Friday, 7:00am - 7:00pm.

They do have teams spread out across the city and they are looking to hire people locally. So far, they've hired 8 people locally.

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Republished from Wink News Now

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