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Corps of Engineers to undertake emergency repair work to Barcelona Harbour

Project Updates // February 28, 2017

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District, will repair the section of the Barcelona Harbour west breakwater damaged by storms in the fall of 2015, as soon as weather conditions allow and do not pose significant safety risks to the crew tasked with performing the work.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is eager to make these repairs as soon as weather allows," said Lieutenant Colonel Adam Czekanski, Buffalo District Commander. "Our goal is to fix the breakwater as quickly as possible to prevent additional sediment from spilling into the harbor. We understand the importance of maintaining navigability of the channel and are working closely with local leadership to successfully resolve the current situation."

The Corps of Engineers initiated the project in fall 2016, but unfavorable lake conditions prevented the contractor from completing the repair within the calendar year. USACE Buffalo District awarded a contract in 2016 to Dean Marine & Excavation Inc., of Mt Clemens, MI to repair a damaged cell of the breakwater by driving new steel sheet piling, filling the cell with stone fill, and capping the cell with concrete.

"Barcelona Harbour is a vital recreational harbor that has important implications for our local economy," said Martha Bills, Westfield Town Supervisor. "I’m happy to see that plans are in motion to move the project along."
Some preparations are required before the repairs can recommence. Over the past several months, sediment has traveled through the breach in the breakwater and settled in the harbour. In order for specialized equipment to reach the project site to complete the repair, the contractor will have to dredge approximately 4,000 cubic yards of sediment and place the material outside the breakwater, down drift of the harbour.

USACE Buffalo District is working closely with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Department of State to attain environmental compliance on the emergency repair action and hopes to begin the project as soon as conditions on the lake improve.

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