BUFFALO, NY --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District completed construction of a maintenance repair on September 20, 2019 in Lake Ontario at the west arrowhead breakwater in Oswego Harbor, located in the City of Oswego, New York.
The work consisted of repairing 600 linear feet along the lake side of the West Arrowhead breakwater. The contractor, Dean Marine and Excavating, Inc. completed the work one year ahead of schedule.
“The collaboration between the port and contractor, consistent stone shipments from the quarry in Vermont, diligent construction oversight by Corp’s employees, and excellent work ethic by the contractor all contributed to this project being completed one year ahead of schedule,” said Lex Barker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District project manager.
"The completion of this project will ensure the Oswego Harbor remains open for both commercial and recreational business," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. "As high water and damaging waves remain a threat along Lake Ontario, I will continue work in Congress to secure funding that will make our shores more resilient."
The West Arrowhead Breakwater runs 2,700 feet out toward the historic west pier head lighthouse, and protects the deep draft, commercial harbor for stakeholders, including the Port of Oswego, U.S. Coast Guard, NRG Energy, Sprague Energy, Lafarge Cement, Essroc Cement, and private marinas.
“The Corps of Engineers mission is to provide a key foundational component to the Nation’s public infrastructure, facilitating economic growth, quality of life, environmental health, and national security for the American people,” said Lt. Col. Jason Toth, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District commander. “Buffalo District is excited to complete this repair on the west arrowhead breakwater, which will greatly contribute to the safety of Oswego Harbor, taking care of the people frequenting the harbor and those in the City of Oswego.”
Oswego Harbor is a deep draft commercial harbor interconnected with 7 commercial ports, supporting more than 250,000 tons annually. It is home to 536 recreational slips, 6 boat launches, and 29 charter boats. It generates $19 million in economic benefits and supports a total of 209 direct, indirect, and induced jobs.
“The Oswego Harbor remains a critical asset to the Central New York economy, supporting 250,000 tons of product each year,” said Representative John Katko. “I applaud the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District for completing repairs to the West Arrowhead breakwater one year ahead of schedule. These repairs will ensure safe navigation for commercial and recreational boaters, while protecting the Oswego Harbor. In Congress, I will continue to advocate for funding to enable the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support projects that encourage commerce in Central New York.”