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Eastward Expansion Construction Progress - Cross Dikes Visible

Craney Island Aerial January 2014

The Craney Island Eastward Expansion have reached an important milestone with the South and Division cross dikes rising above sea-level. This exciting stage in the project is a result of more than a decade of research, engineering, design and permitting.


The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are partnering to construct the Craney Island Eastward Expansion (CIEE). The project will extend the life of Craney Island in Portsmouth, Virginia as a dredged material management area and also provide land for the construction of a new marine terminal.

Hampton Roads’ military, shipping and ship building industries rely on Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area (CIDMMA) to dispose of material from Norfolk Harbor. The CIEE will allow CIDMMA to accept dredged material well beyond its original capacity, ensuring that the channels in Hampton Roads remain passable and offer an economically efficient, reliable, and safe navigation system for maritime vessels.

In addition to providing additional space for dredged material at CIDMMA, the CIEE will increase The Port of Virginia’s cargo-handling capacity by creating land on which to construct a new marine terminal.


craney island eastward expansion rendering

The Craney Island Marine Terminal (rendering shown above) will be costructed on top of the land that the containment dikes will support. Click here to see how the state-of-the-art marine terminal will improve America's economy and global competitiveness.


Forecasts show that the
Craney Island Eastward Expansion and Marine Terminal project will:

Increase U.S. Imports and Exports

Create American jobs

Save National Transportation Costs

Prepare the Fastest Growing Port on the East Coast for
Post-Panamax Cargo Ships

Support International Trade Initiatives


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The Craney Island Marine Terminal will benefit America's economy by transporting freight from Virginia to markets around the country.

Click here to see how funding and supporting freight transportation systems will improve your quality of life.

CIEE Construction Animation
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