Sturgeon Bay and two other regional harbors with routine dredging maintenance needs are among recipients of $77.6 million awarded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, for 2019 projects.
Both Sturgeon Bay and Manitowoc dredging projects received $900,000 and Kewaunee received $700,000. Kewaunee Harbor was also awarded $230,000 for reconstruction/repair, as was Sheboygan Harbor to the tune of $5,525,000.
The Detroit District’s work plan increase of $77.6 million includes five dredging projects and several repair, replacement or construction projects. Significant funding – $32 million – will be used to begin construction of the New Soo Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
“The work plan represents a significant investment by the federal government in the Great Lakes,” said Lt. Col. Greg Turner, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. “It will allow us to take our first major step towards getting a new Poe-sized lock at the Soo in the ground, repairs structures at a number of ports throughout the lakes, and complete other important infrastructure and environmental projects. We are proud to construct, maintain and operate key infrastructure projects that are critical to the nation’s economy, environment, safety and quality of life.”
The work plan came about when Congress appropriated additional funding for ongoing work in the fiscal year 2019 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act as contained in the 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The Corps developed an allocation plan for high priority work packages based on the criteria established by Congress.