$31.4 million repair work on Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater underway

Published June 23, 2015
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District has begun repair work to the Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater to repair the $31.4 million worth of damages caused by Superstorm Sandy, October 2012.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District has begun repair work to the Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater to repair the $31.4 million worth of damages caused by Superstorm Sandy, October 2012.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District has begun repair work to the Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater to repair the $31.4 million worth of damages caused by Superstorm Sandy, October 2012.

 

Repair work to the 4,275linear feet of breakwater is being completed by Great Lakes Dock & Materials L.L.C., Muskegon, MI and includes the placement of armor stone as well as 16,813 precast 8-ton dolos that began in the beginning of June. 

 

“The Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater experienced extensive damage during Sandy because of the oversized waves and the extreme angle they were hitting the structure,” said Captain Kelly Polashenski, USACE project manager.  “Because the damage was caused by Sandy, the breakwater was eligible of funding to repair the structure using Superstorm Sandy appropriations.” 

 

As part of the $31.4 million dollar contract, 16,813 dolosse will be cast by Anthony Allega Incorporated, located in Valley View, Ohio in forms fabricated by Lindsay Concrete Products Co., located south of Cleveland in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

 

 “The Cleveland Harbor Breakwater infrastructure restoration work has proved critical to Cleveland Harbor keeping the navigation system on track for meeting the needs of the nation. Historical and ongoing effort has resulted in over $3.6 billion per year in transportation savings,” said LTC Karl Jansen, USACE Buffalo District commander. “The breakwater also contributes to flood damage protection for the City of Cleveland, valued at approximately $1 billion of regional value.”

A dolosse is a concrete block in a complex geometric structure and is being used because of their proven durability to interconnect with each other and withstand constant wave action.  Their design deflects most wave action, thus making them more difficult to dislodge.

 

Bulk commodities that pass through Cleveland Harbor generate $1.7 billion annually in direct revenue while supporting 15,003 direct, indirect, and induced jobs that produce over $1 billion per year in personal income.


Contact
Andrew Kornacki
716-879-4349
andrew.a.kornacki@usace.army.mil

Release no. 15-013