Freeport Harbor Jetties
Freeport Harbor, Texas
Construction and Rehabilitation History
Early improvements at the mouth of the Brazos River consisted of a
parallel pair of fascine mat jetties, spaced 540
apart. The mats
were ballasted with stone and concrete. By 1885 the north and south
jetties were 3,600 and 4,350 ft long, respectively, with several
hundred feet of each raised above mhw. Money appropriated to the
project during this period totaled 2,100.
The Brazos River Channel and Dock Company (non-Federal interests)
undertook the job of finishing the channel and jetties. The Federal
improvements had been suspended due to lack of funds. The company
.5 million on channel and jetty construction; but
again, due to lack of funds, the work was suspended. The work
consisted of placing brush mats ballasted with 100- to 3 0 0 - l b
stone, adding larger riprap up to mlt, and covering with stones
weighing from one to several tons. The overall lengths of the
north and south jetties were 4,708 and 5,018 ft, respectively
(Figure 5 ) .
The project returned to Federal control and the jetties underwent
repairs. Riprap stone and 5- to 11-ton stone blocks were placed.
Riprap-filled timber cribs were used along landward sections of the
jetties. The repairs were halted by the hurricane of September 8
which damaged significant portions of the jetties. A total of
22,570 tons of stone and 14,340
ft of timber was placed for a
total cost of ,500.
The jetties were repaired under three separate contracts using
41,080 tons of stone at a total cost of 6,600.
The north jetty landward end, from
using 3,290 tons of stone and capped with concrete. Total cost
was ,700. The jetties were considered to be complete at this
Repairs were made from sta
north jetty and
on the south jetty. Stone on
cover layer was reset, and 15,130 tons of riprap and
cover stone were
added. Other jetty work included
and brush dike
and 1,040 l i n ft of rock-filled cribs. Total repair
The south jetty was repaired between sta
3,430 tons of stone at a cost of ,570.