USACE Buffalo District Office, Buffalo, NY --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District is excited to announce a $2.1 million contract for repairs to the Lorain breakwater, located in Lake Erie in the Port of Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio.
The contract was awarded on September 9, 2019 to Great Lakes Dock and Materials, LLC, from Muskegon, Michigan. Construction will start and be completed during 2020.
"I am pleased to see that the Army Corps of Engineers will direct this important funding to strengthen the Lorain breakwater, which has been in desperate need of repairs," said Rep. Kaptur. "A breakwater represents the first line of defense against the turbulent tides of Lake Erie for many of our lake front communities. As we face the reality of rising lake levels, diligence is required to insure the safety and navigability of many harbors in the Great Lakes region. I appreciate the Army Corps of Engineers' partnership and attention to this important investment for the City of Lorain and its commercial and recreational harbor users and look forward to future efforts that have a direct, substantive effect on our lake front communities."
A cell of the Lorain breakwater was removed in 2017 due to it falling in disrepair. This contract will allow for the completion of the 2017 cell repair, consisting of a 50 linear foot void with a stone base and vertical sheet pile on top. Additionally, any remaining cracks will be repaired, along with adding solar powered lights across both sides of the entire breakwater.
"The Lorain Port Authority greatly appreciates our long-standing partnership with the United States Army Corp of Engineers," said Thomas Brown, Executive Director, Lorain Port Authority. "This crucial repair work will greatly improve the protection of our harbor. The addition of lighting to the outer wall shows that the USACE listened to the public and was willing and able to not only find a solution, but was also willing to obtain approvals and commit to the investment of solar lights to provide additional safety to boaters entering our harbor."
“The Corps is continually looking for ways to work collaboratively with stakeholders on all of Lake Erie’s harbors,” said Russ Brandenburg, USACE Buffalo District Project Manager. “The Lorain Harbor repair is a perfect example of how our strong collaboration with the Port of Lorain has resulted in positive benefits through infrastructure improvements for Lake Erie and the public that use it.”
Release no. 19-041