Corps hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater Repair project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District hosted an event commemorating the completion of the Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater Repair project December 5 at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
“For nearly 200 years, the Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater has stood guard over the city, preventing flood damage and allowing for safe navigation of the harbor,” said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11). “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ innovative repair project ensures the continued protection of Northeast Ohio’s waterways and strengthens the region’s burgeoning shipping and manufacturing industries for generations to come.”
“I congratulate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their efforts in completing this critical infrastructure project,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09). “This coordinated effort, to repair the East Breakwater of the Cleveland Harbor, is a perfect example of how important public infrastructure projects are for keeping our ports and other critical transportation systems open for business. The newly constructed East Breakwater will serve a vital role in both protecting the Cleveland Harbor against future severe weather and it will also ensure safe travel for our shipping and recreation industries,” she added.
Speakers for the event included:
- Representative for U.S. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, OH-11-D
- Representative for U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, OH-9-D
- LTC Adam Czekanski, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander
Repair work to the approximately 4,400 linear feet of breakwater began in June 2015. The work was completed by Great Lakes Dock & Materials LLC from Muskegon, Michigan and included the placement of armor stone as well as 18,259 precast 6.5-ton dolosse. The Corps took on the project to repair the approximately $31 million worth of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, October 2012.
Bulk commodities that pass through Cleveland Harbor generate about $1.7 billion annually in direct revenue while supporting approximately 15,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs that produce over $1 billion per year in personal income.