US-based Dean Marine and Excavating has won a $4.7m contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District to perform repairs on the west arrowhead breakwater at the Port of Oswego, Oswego, New York.
Dean Marine and Excavating is expected to commence work this week. Work will include a 600ft repair along the lake side of the breakwater.
US Senator Charles E Schumer said: “This funding I helped secure will ensure Oswego Harbor remains open for both commercial and recreational business.”
The Corps of Engineers repaired 475ft of the 2,700ft Oswego Harbor west arrowhead breakwater last year and the contract will allow repair work to continue this year.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said: “The Port of Oswego is a vital navigation channel that connects commercial ships and recreational boats from the Great Lakes to Central New York, helping to drive local tourism and contributing to the economy.
“The completion of the arrowhead breakwater repairs will help ensure that ships can continue to safely navigate through Oswego Harbor, and I’m glad that this project is moving forward.”
The breakwater will ensure safe passage for commercial and recreational traffic while dissipating wave action in Oswego Harbor.
US Representative John Katko said: “Repairing the breakwall will ensure commercial and recreational boaters are able to safely navigate the Port and I applaud the Army Corps for prioritising this project.”
Oswego Harbor is a deep draft commercial harbour interconnected with seven commercial ports, supporting more than 250,000 tonnes a year.
The harbour is also home to 536 recreational slips, six boat launches and 29 charter boats. It generates $19m in economic benefits and supports 209 direct, indirect and induced jobs.
US Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District commander Lt Col Jason Toth said: “Buffalo District is proud to be able to contribute to the safety of Oswego Harbor through this repair of the west arrowhead breakwater.
“We are thankful for all of the advocacy and support we receive from Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Representative Katko to continue assisting with these projects and taking care of the American people.”