Army Corps finishes Chena River dredging project

Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers last week finished a two-year dredging project to clear hazardous shoals from the Chena River.

Among the beneficiaries of the $2 million job will be tourists who take trips along the Chena aboard the Discovery III riverboat, which is operated by the Binkley family.

The Army Corps dredged two shoals on the Lower Chena and finished up work on two others, said Pat Richardson, an agency spokeswoman.

Johne Binkley, a riverboat captain and president of the family-owned tour operation, said it will be a relief operating the company's big stern-wheeler without fear of grounding.

About 104,000 cubic yards of material was removed over the course of the dredging project.

The excavated material was hauled to Fairbanks International Airport, where it has been used to build one new runway and extend another.

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