Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Capacity Study

It is in the long-term interest of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to encourage greater usage of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), particularly if cargoes being transported on the state highway system can be diverted to barge. However, like all transportation infrastructure, the GIWW is at risk of reaching capacity constraints that could arise along entire segments of the waterway or at individual locations subject to significant congestion. To date, there has not been a systematic, operational, data-driven approach by TxDOT to look at vessel movements along the entire Texas GIWW to determine if and where capacity problems might exist. The Research Team will employ an existing database of historic vessel activity for locations along the GIWW to provide an overview of vessel movements, which will be supplemented with interviews with key stakeholders. The research team will synthesize background research and summarize existing data on vessel effects, as they relate to safety and navigation, and summarize current and future vessel activity along the GIWW, its tributary channels, and intersecting ship channels. Finally, the research team will outline a set of criteria for tracking conditions along the GIWW that identify specific triggers or milestones that would suggest improvements to the GlWW’s future Operations or infrastructure.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $297614
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Odell, Wade

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Texas, Denton

    North Texas Discovery Park
    3940 North Elm St. Suite F-115
    Denton, TX  United States  76207
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pohlen, Terrance

  • Start Date: 20150901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170630

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01619657
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6884
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 21 2016 4:17PM