BUFFALO, NY --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District and its contractor, Akron-based SAF, Inc., completed substantial repair of a confined disposal facility in the eastern end of Lorain Harbor on October 13, 2021.
Construction on the approximately $300,000 project began in August and returned the CDF’s earthen berm to its initial design height and added seed cover for added stability and prevention of future erosion. These repairs will maintain the facility’s remaining capacity of nearly 300,000 CY for the placement of dredged sediment, allowing it to be used for the next two to three years of maintenance dredging in the harbor in support of the local industries and economy.
“The ability to safely and efficiently navigate the Lorain Harbor is critical to our region’s vitality. These infrastructure improvements will ensure access to commerce and trade for our manufacturing sector, and support good-paying jobs throughout the community,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09).
“Ensuring our ability to safely dredge and having a place for all the material is critical to supporting navigation and commerce in Lorain Harbor. The work completed this year will ensure we have capacity for upland placement of dredged material for several more years,” said Lt. Col. Eli Adams, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District.
Waterborne transportation facilitated by the harbor supports $38.4 million in business revenue, 169 direct, indirect, and induced jobs, and $12.9 million in labor income to the transportation sector.
Repairs to the CDF were 100% federally funded.
The Buffalo District delivers world class engineering solutions to the Great Lakes Region, the Army and the Nation in order to ensure national security, environmental sustainability, water resource management, and emergency assistance during peace and war.