Superior’s Redevelopment Authority cleared the way for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter its property on Connors Point to clean up Howards Pocket near Fraser Shipyard.

The Redevelopment Authority approved a right-of-entry agreement with the Department of the Army on Thursday, March 26.

The project, which could get underway later this year, would address the largest Area of Concern on the Wisconsin side of the St. Louis River.

The $18 million project that will clean up contamination in Howard’s Bay. It involves dredging soils contaminated with lead, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), mercury and tributyltin from the bay, which could impact the riparian rights of the Redevelopment Authority’s property.

“It has some pretty high levels of contamination, mostly lead,” said Jason Serck, economic development, port and planning director.

When working with the federal government, Serck said they like to get right-of-entry agreements when working on projects. The Redevelopment Authority owns property that borders the project area and the agreement will allow the contractors hired by the Army Corps of Engineers to access the property if necessary, he said.

In early March, the Superior City Council granted similar authority to access city-owned land if needed for the project.