The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District began dredging at Rochester Harbor, NY, May 17 and will continue through mid-June.
As part of the two-year, $1,722,500 contract awarded to Luedtke Engineering Company of Frankfort, MI, a total of 210,000 cubic yards of sediment will be dredged from the federal navigation channel this year.
The contractor began working in the lower channel (between the piers). Once finished with the lower channel, they will move to the upper river in the area of the EssRoc dock and work their way back down the Genesee River.
"Every day I'm working to improve our region's transportation infrastructure and dredging our harbors has been a critical component of my efforts for years. Fixing and maintaining our infrastructure is an investment in our economy, which is why I'm proud to have secured the federal funds to make this project possible,” said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. “The Rochester Harbor helps drive job creation and construction projects across Monroe County, importing $10 million worth of goods every single year. Performing proper maintenance will help ensure this harbor can continue its operations and support economic growth across Western New York. I thank the Army Corps for its partnership in keeping this port open for business and safe for navigation.”
“We're pleased to announce the dredging of Rochester Harbor, which enables safe and efficient navigation for an important component of the Great Lakes Navigation System - the backbone of our Nation's industrial might,” said LTC Karl Jansen, USACE Buffalo District commander. “Harbor infrastructure requires continuous reinvestment; I commend and appreciate the strong advocacy of government representatives who have secured funding to dredge this year and next year. Rochester Harbor serves as a Critical Harbor of Refuge on Lake Ontario, directly supports about 3,680 jobs, which produces $611 million in total business revenue.”
Release no. 16-007